FIRST founder, Dean Kamen, has recently designed and deployed a means for teams to raise money for building their robot: Light bulbs.
These bulbs are designed to be energy efficient and long lasting. The projected lifetime of these bulbs is about 10,000 hours, or 9 years at 3 hours a day. What is most surprising about these bulbs is the low amounts of power required: only 7 watts. Regardless, these light bulbs glow to 450 lumens, which is about the same lighting as 40W or 60W incandescent bulbs.
From left to right: incandescent 60 W bulb, CFL bulb (60 W equivalent), FIRST Green e-watt saver.
Team 3061 is selling these bulbs. In comparison to other light bulbs with shorter lifetimes, the average savings will be from $15 – $33. For more information on these bulbs, visit the FIRST website. If you are interesting in purchasing light bulbs, please contact us.