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A revolution in the way we use artificial lighting is underway, one that is every bit as sweeping and significant as Edison's invention of the light bulb. The technology of light emitting diodes is ready for widespread implementation. Its impacts will include a reduction in energy consumption for electric lighting by up to 80%. This book tells the story of Shuli Nakamura, a gifted Japanese engineer who came out of nowhere to stun the world with his announcement that he had created the last piece in the puzzle needed for manufacturing solid-state white lights. The invention of this holy grail product which promises to make the ordinary light bulb obsolete, had eluded the best minds at the top electronics firms for 25 years. Until his startling announcement, Nakamura had not even been on the radar screen of most industry observers. The author is the first Western journalist to interview Nakamura and has received the brilliant engineer's full co-operation. He has also interviewed other key players in the imminent lighting revolution proving an exciting preview of the technological, entrepreneurial and artistic creativity that will soon be unleashed by Nakamura's inventions.
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|Out of the blue||p. 21|
|The floodgates open||p. 147|
|Flight of the golden goose||p. 211|
|The end of Edison||p. 257|
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