Look For More LEDs In 2014 As Old Bulbs Die Out

Consumers in the United States have been witnessing the gradual disappearance of old general-purpose incandescent light bulbs from store shelves since 2012. This is happening because of the adoption of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which bans the manufacture and sale of certain bulbs. The 100-watt bulb was the first to go, phased out in 2012. It was followed by the 75-watt bulb this year. Now, as 2014 begins, 40- and 60-watt bulbs will begin to disappear as well. Retailers will be able to sell existing inventory, but no new bulbs with these wattages will be made.

US consumers will have to find alternatives to the popular 40- and 60-watt incandescent bulb that has been a mainstay of homes for more than a century. The ban on general-purpose incandescent bulbs takes effect January 1, 2014.

US consumers will have to find alternatives to the popular 40- and 60-watt incandescent bulb that has been a mainstay of homes for more than a century. The ban on general-purpose incandescent bulbs takes effect January 1, 2014.

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Shine On, You Crazy Lightbulbs

The other day I found myself at a loss in the light bulb aisle of my hardware store. I might as well have been shopping for a carburetor. There were too many options with too many symbols and verbiage that I couldn’t decipher (LED, CFL, halogen, lumens, Kelvin, CRI), not to mention all of the various brands (GE, Philips, Cree, EcoSmart — each with its own packaging lingo). Since when do you need an electrical engineering degree to buy a light bulb?

This fluorescent energy saving light bulb (CFL) is illuminated by electrical wires inserted in the back of the bulb base. It is in a garden with primarily green plants. (Richard Goerg/Getty Images)

This fluorescent energy saving light bulb (CFL) is illuminated by electrical wires inserted in the back of the bulb base. It is in a garden with primarily green plants. (Richard Goerg/Getty Images)

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What’s Best, LED or Incandescent Lights?

Q. I’m replacing the lights in my home before putting it on the market. Is it better to install LED fixtures, if it’s true that incandescent bulbs are being phased out? 

A. From a sales perspective, high-efficiency LED lighting is a nice perk, said Ron Lense, an associate real estate broker at Douglas Elliman in Manhattan. But it may not significantly affect your selling price.

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“Everybody loves going green,” he said. “They just don’t necessarily want to pay a lot of extra money for it.”

LED lighting is becoming increasingly popular, he said, and if you install it now, “you’ll be ahead of the curve.” Just be cautious about the fixtures you choose, “because this is emerging technology that is quickly changing.” Continue reading

Apartment Complex in College Town Switches to LED Lighting

As the original developer of all their residential properties, Kaiserman Properties knows each unit down to the stud. With a portfolio consisting of urban high-rise and suburban garden and townhome apartment units, Kaiserman caters to the housing needs of a wide variety of residents. Those who call their communities home—from established families to single graduate students to empty nesters – know they can rely on management and maintenance staff to ensure they have a quiet, comfortable, safe place to live. Their residential communities are created to provide the best value to the most discerning renters.

Radwyn Apartments in their extensive grounds in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, The complex recently changed its outdoor lighting to LED, resulting in cost and environmental savings. (Photo: Radwyn Apartments)

Radwyn Apartments in their extensive grounds in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, The complex recently changed its outdoor lighting to LED, resulting in cost and environmental savings. (Photo: Radwyn Apartments)

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LED Lighting Doing Great Things For Schools

Recently school use of LED lighting has been the subject of conversation for school officials and policymakers who hope to cash in on the cost savings and other benefits of using LED. Even though this topic is popular now, educational institutions have slowly and quietly been moving to LED lighting for several years with a great reception from teachers, students and administrators.

LED lighting in a high school computer lab. Power consumption for the lab dropped from 2500 watts to under 700 watts, giving a 75 per cent energy saving. The school calculated a payback period of just 6 month. The lights chosen have a life of up to 20 years when turned on 10 hours a day.

LED lighting in a high school computer lab. Power consumption for the lab dropped from 2500 watts to under 700 watts, giving a 75 percent energy saving. The school calculated a payback period of just 6 month. The lights chosen have a life of up to 20 years when turned on 10 hours a day.

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Advanced Sustainable Lighting Solutions

Technology Foundation STW and Philips has officially launched its “Advanced Sustainable Lighting Solutions” partnership to meet the growing demand for sustainable lighting with the approval of eight research projects.

Mega LEDs. Source: RobotGrrl

Mega LEDs. Source: RobotGrrl

By 2050, the world’s lighting consumption is expected to have increased threefold. Continue reading

Why You Should Replace Your Incandescent Bulbs

100 watt incandescent light bulbs are no longer being manufactured. From now until 2014, standard A-line 100 to 40 watt incandescent light bulbs must use 30% less energy but produce the same amount of light that incandescent bulbs use today. Continue reading