Chinese firm Newsun has announced to develop a real AC POWER LED after seven years of research and development in collaboration with Professor Edson Products.
According to Newsun, there is no need for a transformer to change the power from AC to DC. What's more it doesn't need an LED driver. Not needing either a transformer or driver means that the light source only needs a tiny space.
The LED operates at 85 lumens/Watt and has a CRI of 82 at a relatively low temperature. Lamps employing the LED have a very long life because in most cases, the lifetime is based on the life of the driver. And as this LED doesn't have one, it is not affected by this, but by the chip lifetime. And the price of its AC LED is similar to that of a DC LED.
With a new production line currently under construction, the product is available in bulk quantities and sample orders are also accepted.