Outfit light bulbs with a micro-chip to save energy
By adding a new micro-chip to conventional light bulbs, building owners can reap a wealth of environmental and cost savings. Called QL-3, the micro-chip attaches with transfer adhesive to the base of up to 150-w. light bulbs. The technology uses speed switching to control and reduce voltage received by the lamp. As a result, the micro-chip claims to extend lamp life of new or existing bulbs by 300%, yielding a 10% energy savings. In large installations, savings can be significant. For instance, one hotel chain estimates a $15 savings every time QL-3 is attached to one of its incandescent or halogen light bulbs. With over 2 million light bulbs at its hotels, estimated savings are more than $30 million. Made by Longlite, LLC, based in Portsmouth, NH, QL-3 fits medium and candelabra-based sockets, for either 120- or 130-v. applications. The device maintains visible light level, without flickering or emitting noise.