This is so cool.

LED lighting is something my Dad has been telling me about for years. In fact LEDs have long been one of the technological fascinations in my family. I remember when my Dad brought home a set of LED Christmas lights some years ago. They were so much brighter than the LEDs one finds on kids meal toys and such other places that one finds them. A couple of years ago in an intro Chemistry lab I worked with LEDs and made sure to save mine to bring home at the end of the semester. Thus, this is a bit of science news which touches close to home.

I wonder if the process will be economically competive to compact flouroscents? Supposing that they become feasible for mass-production, will companies make the investments required to make them? Certainly the lack of mercury is an advantage, but there is a lot going for compact flouroscents currently (legislation, consumer interest, ect.). I hope that manufactors really do step when the time comes. The moment these things become afordable I hope to have some in my house (or appartment I suppose if it really is two years). My compact floroscents have lasted three years through college, but I’d be happy to replace them with LEDs when they burn out.