Japan’s Matsushita Electric Works Ltd. revealed recently that it had developed a new fluorescent lamp which utilises xenon gas and could pave the way for new light sources.

The device does not use mercury or a gas-discharging process, instead making xenon gas emit vacuum-ultraviolet light to cause a phosphor to fluoresce, a statement said.

The environmentally friendly device, which uses processed silicon, could be 50% brighter than a conventional fluorescent lamp while consuming the same amount of electricity, the company said in a statement.

Conventional fluorescent lamps use mercury for discharging gas to allow a phosphor to light up. Matsushita Electric Works indicated that the new device could join light-emitting diodes and organic electroluminescence devices as new light sources.