Top 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Holiday Lights

Graphic by Sarah Gerrity, Energy Department

Graphic by Sarah Gerrity, Energy Department

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Ex-NASCAR Driver Discovers Many Benefits of LED Lighting

Legendary NASCAR driver, owner, and businessman extraordinaire, Richard Petty, has discovered the benefits of LED and his whole team is loving it!

The 100,000 square foot Petty’s Garage, illuminated by LED troffers and luminaires. Specializing in restoring high-performance vehicles, the garage was retrofitted with LED lighting, resulting in a 50 percent reduction in energy use.

The 100,000 square foot Petty’s Garage, illuminated by LED troffers and luminaires. Specializing in restoring high-performance vehicles, the garage was retrofitted with LED lighting, resulting in a 50 percent reduction in energy use.

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Convenience Store Owners Find Payoff in LED Lights

Everyone knows the places well. They are the comforting light that is barely visible along the long, dark and lonely highway. Quick shop, neighborhood grocery or convenience store, whatever the name, we all know what they mean. Whether it’s candy bars, cigarettes, or a tank of gas and a good cup of joe, the good old quickie mart is there to grant your every wish—24 hours a day, 7 days a week, holidays and hurricanes too.

Canopy lights are just one area where LEDs can help convenience stores, gas stations and all-night stores save money. Some owners have seen savings as high as 70 per cent compared to non-LED lights. Payback on the investment in LEDs can be as little as a couple of years.

Canopy lights are just one area where LEDs can help convenience stores, gas stations and all-night stores save money. Some owners have seen savings as high as 70 per cent compared to non-LED lights. Payback on the investment in LEDs can be as little as a couple of years.

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Nobel Prize Home Lit By LED

The Stockholm Concert Hall, or Konserthuset, is home to the annual Nobel Prize ceremonies and was born from a labor of love. It was completed in 1926 thanks to the efforts of members and supporters of the Stockholm Concert Society as a home for the wonderful music they created. This architectural wonder is one of the world’s best examples of the neoclassical style. Its ten massive Corinthian columns and works from artists like Carl Milles, Isaac Grunewald and Edwald Dahlskog are the perfect backdrop for the most formal of special occasions. Continue reading

“Canvas” of LED Light Helps Children Heal at Birmingham Hospital

Birmingham Children’s Hospital recently opened its new state-of-the-art kidney wing, and the star of the show was the new Imagination Light Canvas, created with lighting equipment by Philips Electronics. The canvas was part of The King’s Fund’s “Enhancing the Healing Environment” program. This program was developed with the thinking that a better hospital environment would help patients to feel better throughout the healing process and even get better faster.

The Imagination Light Canvas by Philips Electronics for the Birmingham Children’s Hospital: a perfect example of how lighting can “improve well-being and uplift people’s spirits” according to a Philips spokesman.

The Imagination Light Canvas by Philips Electronics for the Birmingham Children’s Hospital: a perfect example of how lighting can “improve well-being and uplift people’s spirits” according to a Philips spokesman.

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LED For Safer Homes

A dark house can not only be spooky, but also dangerous. It is easy to make poor judgment calls, like missing steps, running into objects, and the dreaded toilet bowl tumble— when you sit on a seat that has been left up. Fortunately, there are many LED lighting solutions that can make your home a safer and less frightening place when the lights are out.

Each step in the stairway lights up with LED motion-sensor lights as person ascends or descends, then goes off again, in this German installation.

Each step in the stairway lights up with LED motion-sensor lights as person ascends or descends, then goes off again, in this German installation.

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Switching to LED: What Can It Save You?

Some of us resist the switch to efficient lighting, even some who embraced the compact fluorescent, just can’t seem to accept LED lighting around the house.

Warm living room lighting is energy efficient and saves money on electricity. Photo: GE.

Warm living room lighting is energy efficient and saves money on electricity. Photo: GE.

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Solar-Powered LED Lights Help Students In Poverty

On the fringes of Islamabad, Pakistan, live thousands of migratory families that struggle to survive each and every day. These families fight so hard to make a living that many of their children are denied a basic education, which continues the cycle of poverty for generations. The non-profit organization JAQ Education Trust exists to stop this sad cycle and provide these kids with opportunities to improve their own lives and hopefully break the cycle once and for all. Their informal schools, known as Pelhi Kiran or “The First Ray of Light,” bring school to them in a way that fits into their unusual lifestyle. The schools are open when the children can attend around their work and family duties, and they even relocate when the community does.

Solar-powered LED lights like the lantern in this picture are helping poor Pakistani children stay in school. The lights are awarded through an initiative known as “first ray of light,” started in 2003. It has helped 1,450 poor families so far.

Solar-powered LED lights like the lantern in this picture are helping poor Pakistani children stay in school. The lights are awarded through an initiative known as “first ray of light,” started in 2003. It has helped 1,450 poor families so far.

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Small Town, Big Savings with LED

The town of Richmond Heights, Ohio, has a little more than 10,000 residents and a whole lot of financial problems. Luckily, Richmond Heights also has the solution to their troubles with LED lights. A solution that will save money they don’t have and increase public safety at the same time.

In 2012, the city’s bill for street and traffic lighting was over $118,000, and they were forced to come up with creative ways to save money. They tasked Police Chief Gene Rowe with the duty of personally turning off every other traffic light in town in an attempt to achieve some of the savings they needed. The chief systematically shut down the lights in a pattern of one on, one off throughout the small town. A total of 54 of the 122 traffic signals were turned off in this move to save money, which is a traffic nuisance and public safety danger to say the least. The total savings of the move amounted to a mere $26,000, leaving lots of fat to cut in the budget still.

City Council of Richmond Heights, Ohio. The cash-strapped town voted to replace its traffic and street lights with LED as a cost-saving measure. A grant will cover part of the cost of the retrofit. Savings are expected to be from 60 to 80 percent.

City Council of Richmond Heights, Ohio. The cash-strapped town voted to replace its traffic and street lights with LED as a cost-saving measure. A grant will cover part of the cost of the retrofit. Savings are expected to be from 60 to 80 percent.

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LED Makes Countertops Really Shine

Two areas of the home that account for most of the decorating expenditures and most of the design headaches that homeowners find themselves facing are the kitchen and the bathroom. These are formidable locations that anyone would rather ignore than deal with. Maybe that is about to change, thanks to new and innovative ways that LED lighting is being used to upgrade and update kitchens and baths around the planet. Forget about utilitarian under-cabinet lighting and overhead task lighting. We are talking about pure and simple fun, fashionable lighting. Making it all look good is the whole story this time, and the only way to achieve these fantastic new looks is with LED lighting solutions.

Countertop in nightclub bar is glass with LED lighting incorporated in the glass. Bars and other businesses are discovering creative new ways to use LED lighting to create spectacular effects.

Countertop in nightclub bar is glass with LED lighting incorporated in the glass. Bars and other businesses are discovering creative new ways to use LED lighting to create spectacular effects.

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