SSL lighting is unique in that it emits directed light compared to traditional light bulbs, has a compact profile, is breakage resistant, has an increased lifespan and is energy efficient. The U.S. Department of Energy’s research and development of solid-state lighting (SSL) dates back to 2003.
Briarwood Mall in Ann Arbor, Michigan is installing light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to save on energy usage and reduce carbon emissions. A number of energy efficient upgrades will be made to the mall including interior and commercial exterior lighting installations and mall will be able to reduce electricity bills and also help the retailers located in the building save money.
Lighting upgrades can help businesses and cities save significant amounts of money on energy usage as well as energy and maintenance costs. In New Jersey, more than 2,500 businesses and local governments participated in a program that offers financial incentives to those that upgrade to more efficient lighting
A number of cities around the nation are realizing the benefits of upgrading streetlights with more energy-efficient lights, and more are increasingly choosing to invest in light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Costs for LEDs have fallen by as much as 50 percent in the last two years, which has helped spark interest in the smart lighting solution.
The Shedd Aquarium in Chicago announced it would be improving its lighting in order to make the large and popular aquarium more energy efficient. Shedd will be the first clean energy-powered aquarium in the country. The lighting upgrade will save about 10 million kilowatt-hours annually, enough to power 750 houses.
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