The helion lamp, which gives considerable promise of commercial development, is a compromise between the carbon lamp and the metallic filament lamp. A slender filament of carbon is flashed in a compound of silicon (gaseous state) and a filament composed of a carbon core more or less impregnated with silicon and coated with a metallic layer is formed. The emissivity of such a filament is high, the light is white in color, and the filament is strong. The efficiency of the helion filament as far as it has been developed is higher than that of a carbon filament when operated at the same temperature. At 1,500 degrees C. the efficiency of the helion filament is 2.15 watts per candlepower, while for a carbon filament it is about 3.5 watts per candle-power. Filaments of this type have been made which may be heated to incandescence in open air without immediate destruction. This lamp is not yet on the market.