Energy-efficient lighting solutions, specifically light-emitting diodes (LEDs), is the next major market to experience significant growth, according to a recent report by CleanTechnia. The LED industry will open new markets, encourage new business models and increase product capabilities.
Colorado Springs, Colo., is moving forward with its second installation of LED streetlights. The city previously replaced 370 high-pressure sodium and mercury vapor cobra head streetlights with solid-state fixtures and saved 50 percent on energy costs. The next installation will include 95 LEDs in Colorado Springs’ downtown area.
Auto dealerships consume on average more energy per square foot than a typical office building: using about 110 kBTU/sqft compared to prime office space at 93 kBTU (source: National Automobile Dealers Association). This can mean thousands of dollars in energy costs for the typical dealership each year.
As technology surrounding light-emitting diodes (LEDs) continues to develop, the government estimates that solid-state lighting (SSL) will grow to be the dominant light source in the next two decades, according to Electrical Contractor Magazine. Solid-state lighting is a type of lighting that uses semi-conductor LEDs as a source of illumination, compared to the filaments used in traditional light bulbs.
New York City streetlight upgrades program is replacing all of the city’s 300,000 streetlights with light-emitting diodes. The project is expected to be completed by 2019, and will help the city decrease energy consumption by 35 percent, Energy Manager Today reported.
The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) in California recently assisted two downtown hotels and the Sacramento Convention Center with energy efficient upgrades. According to the utility district, the Hotel LED lighting upgrades will help both businesses and residents in the area with minimal environmental impact.
Knowing the basics of how light-emitting diodes (LEDs) work can help business and builder owners decide if the energy efficient lighting option is the right solution for them. LEDs are a solid-state lighting technology (SSL), which means the light is emitted from a semiconductor – also known as a solid matter.
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
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