A ‘smart’ lightbulb which remains on even in the event of a power cut is being tested in Scottish homes following backing from SP Energy Networks.
The new iViTiON bulb detects when power has been lost and switches to its battery mode, producing up to three hours of light at the same brightness as a regular 60-watt bulb.
Customers in Glasgow will be among the first in the UK to experience the new technology, which may help vulnerable customers stay safe in their homes when power is lost.
iViTi secured investment for the product following an introduction to SP Energy Networks through the Energy Innovation Centre (EIC).
With a 2,000-strong global innovation community, the EIC aims to connect SMEs developing game-changing technologies with the UK’s energy networks, to help tackle some of the sector’s biggest challenges.
The bulb fits light fixtures like a conventional screw-in but contains a small battery which charges when turned on. The bulb uses LED technology, resulting in an energy saving of up to 80% compared to a standard lightbulb.
Denise Massey, managing director of the EIC, said: “Ensuring customers are safe is always a priority for the energy networks but even more so in the event of a power cut. This new technology has the potential to improve the safety of vulnerable customers in that interim period before power is restored and is a fantastic example of the change that can be achieved by working collaboratively.
“iViTi and SP Energy Networks have embraced innovation and shown that our energy challenges are best solved by working together.”