New LED lights likened to the "holy grail"

New LED lights likened to the "holy grail"A new substance used to construct LED lights may lead to further reductions in the amount of power used by the innovative bulbs.

Developed by the Cambridge Centre for Gallium Nitride, the LED lights use a substance which can now be mass produced.

Colin Humphreys, lead researcher on the project, explained that recent experiments revealed that gallium nitride can be grown more quickly in a lab and incorporated into LED lights.

This is likely to lead to lower production costs and may see an increase in the numbers of the bulbs used in UK homes.

He said: "This could well be the Holy Grail in terms of providing our lighting needs for the future. We are very close to achieving highly efficient, low cost white LEDs.

"That won't just be good news for the environment. It will also benefit consumers by cutting their electricity bills."

In other news, an LED bulb created by C.Crane lasts for approximately ten years.

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