LEDs may be snagging the majority of light bulb headlines these days, but Panasonic's apparently found some room for improvement with compact fluorescents, with it now proclaiming that its new Pa-Look Ball Premium Q bulbs boast the world first "hybrid lighting method." That apparent innovation consists of a "Quick Lamp" at the center of the bulb, which helps the bulb reach 60% brightness in half the time a conventional compact fluorescent takes, and then shuts off automatically once the bulb has reached full brightness. You'll apparently have to make do with 54 watts of brightness to take advantage of all that, however, not to mention live in Japan.

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