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GE Budapest R&D base produces environmentally-friendly, highly-efficient light source

Engineers at GE’s Global Lighting Technology Centre in Budapest have developed an energy-saving ceramic-metal halide light that has a minimal mercury content, global technology director GE Lighting Zoltan Vamos told MTI.

A compact and a straight tube version of the light was developed together with university research institutions over three years, Mr Vamos said. The programme received a HUF 292m grant from the Central Hungary Operative Programme, covering half of costs, he added.

The lights use 80% less electricity than conventional lights, he said. Efficiency of compact and high-pressure discharge lamps GE has developed are coming close to the highest values physically achievable, he added.