Philips Lighting and Osram Sylvania have announced additions to their electrodeless induction lamp light sources. These lamps offer extremely long life (up to 100,000 hours) and their average lifespan is 12 years under continuous operation. Induction technology offers lighting designers significantly reduced maintenance costs, low energy consumption, and a very high CRI of 80 in 3500K and 4100K versions.

Philips Lighting has added a 165W induction lamp to its QL series of existing 55 and 85W systems. The entire QL series is available in 120, 220, and 240V versions. The QL induction lamp has been used recently at Singapore's Changi Airport and the Rotterdam World Trade Center.

Osram Sylvania now offers the Icetron induction lamp in a universal voltage configuration (120-277V) in both the 100W and the 150W versions; a 150W, 120-240V style is also available. Outside of North America, the Icetron is marketed under the name Endura.

Recently the 100W Icetron was installed in different areas in Battery Park in New York City. According to Pete Jacobson, lighting specialist for Con Edison in New York, phase one of this installation is complete and an unintended result is that designers can compare induction lighting to conventionally used light sources: The 100W induction lamp is installed near both 150W HPS and 175W metal-halides. "Battery Park uses the same fixture along the esplanade and as roadway lighting, so the different lamp types are easy to see."

Continued growth in the numbers of lighting fixtures being designed to accommodate electrodeless induction sources is indicative of expanding applications for this technology. Jacobson concludes, "These products are moving beyond the experimental phase and are now being specified in greater numbers. All that's needed is the proper application and the vision of the lighting designer or specifier to risk using the unconventional to achieve the promises of this superb light source."