Luxury brands are moving away from the fluorescent bulbs that dominate their products, and instead going back to a light that has a low-emission, non-flammable, energy-efficient light source.
The company that made the switch is the Japanese-owned Nippon Chemi-Con, which makes the lights used in many high-end luxury cars.
The switch comes as China’s government seeks to rein in carbon emissions, which are among the highest in the world.
(AP Photo/Jorge Silva) Luxury light bulbs were once ubiquitous in the U.S. But China has made the transition to a more energy- and energy-intensive light source in recent years, according to data from the U in 2020.
Many luxury products are now powered by more efficient and less-polluting bulbs, and a recent report from the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IIES) found that many of those bulbs are emitting more carbon than the original bulbs that were sold in the United States in the early 20th century.
Nippons Chemi Con has announced that it is switching to a “low-emissions LED” light that emits less carbon than its original fluorescent bulbs.
That’s the kind of technology that has been in use for decades in some luxury cars and light bulbs, including in the Volkswagen Golf and Audi Q5.
The LED light uses about 25% less energy per watt than the traditional light bulb, and it can be switched off with a push of a button.
“We are looking for innovative ways to further improve the energy efficiency of the light that is emitted by our products and to increase the energy-efficiency of our light bulbs,” said Nippont CEO Kenichi Matsui.
The NippON Chemi, which started selling the lamps in the 1970s, is a joint venture of Japan’s Panasonic Corp. and Nipponese-based Chemi Corp., which make the bulbs.
It’s part of the company that started the switch to LED lights.
Niamesh Dube, an energy analyst with the consultancy Global Energy Solutions, said it’s likely that the new bulb will continue to be used in luxury products for years to come.
It can last longer in the environment, unlike the traditional LED bulbs, which emit harmful chemicals that can cause health problems in humans.
“This is a very exciting change,” said Dube.
The new lighting is the latest in a long line of improvements to make a bulb more energy efficient.
Earlier this year, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recommended that consumers upgrade their lamps to a new type of fluorescent bulb called a “white phosphorous” light, which emits less energy than a regular fluorescent bulb.
And the Department of Energy announced this month that it’s also starting to test new LEDs for energy efficiency.
That means the new bulbs can be installed in cars that are currently powered by older bulbs.
The move away from fluorescent bulbs in the market comes at a time when demand for light bulbs has grown as more people switch to electric vehicles, which use much less energy.
Luxury car makers are also investing in new lighting options, including the LED light that replaces the old bulb in many of their vehicles.
Earlier in 2018, BMW said it was planning to start testing an LED light in its new M3.
And Mercedes-Benz, a longtime supplier of bulbs to the luxury market, said in August it was developing an LED lamp for its newest model.
Luxe brands are also taking steps to switch back to the older bulbs that are already on the market.
The luxury brands that are switching to LED lighting include Jaguar Land Rover, Bentley, BMW, Bentley and Porsche.
In a statement to The Wall St. Journal, Jaguar Land Rovers spokesperson Alex Krizniak said the company had “always been a world leader in innovation, sustainability and high-quality technology” and had long been looking for “new ways to enhance the efficiency of our products” by adopting “smart, innovative solutions.”
(AP Images) BMW has announced it is testing an electric vehicle that uses LED lighting in its electric range-extended vehicle, the M3, for the first time.
In October, Jaguar unveiled a car that uses an LED that will last more than four years and that can use energy in the form of hydrogen fuel cells.
And Bentley is making the switch from a fluorescent bulb to a white phosphorous light, a light emitted from natural gas.
Bentley said the switch would help it make its vehicles more environmentally friendly.
“With this technology, we will be able to reduce the number of energy consumption and to improve the vehicle’s durability,” said Bentley’s chief executive officer Andy Palmer.