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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Implementing LED Lighting in Your Facility: What to Consider

For many buildings, switching to more efficient lighting is one of the “low hanging fruit” for improving energy efficiency. Facility managers are increasingly turning to LED lighting technology to meet their energy efficiency goals.

casino led lightingLED bulbs top the lighting charts in energy efficiency and longevity, and frequently represent a payback of three years or less. However, LEDs may not be the best choice for every application. When considering whether to implement LEDs in your facility, you’ll need to take many factors into account. Continue reading

Business Loves LED Lighting; Consumers are Catching Up

Wherever you go these days, you see businesses switching their lighting systems from old-fashioned incandescent or harsh fluorescent to bright and shiny new LEDs. The local supermarket, the office where you work, the train station, restaurant or department store—all of these businesses are seeing the benefits of this rapidly developing technology. The light produced by LED bulbs is brighter and warmer and more focused than ever before, and business owners love the savings to their energy bills. But what about consumers?


Businesses, especially retail, are moving to LED lighting. In Japan, market penetration is over 50 percent and expected to hit 90 percent. Consumers are slower to embrace the technology, balking at the high cost of a bulb. But that is changing.

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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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A Medium-Sized Business Switches to LED Lighting and Reaps the Rewards

The traditional lightbulb had a great run, but times have changed. Today’s LED lightbulbs are far different from their storied counterpart. Traditional lightbulbs are actually extremely inefficient. Most of the energy that they use is wasted in the form of heat. For this reason, incandescent lightbulbs have been a major contributor to climate change and environmental damage over the last one hundred or more years. Thankfully, new technology has emerged to address the problems of this inefficiency in the form of LED lighting. LED lighting isn’t just a cost saver and good for the environment, as it is also very functional and pleasant to the eye!

131772821LED Saving Solutions is a company that helps businesses make the transition to LED. One company that they assisted was Braxton Animal Works located in Wayne, Pennsylvania. Braxton Animal Works has a facility of roughly 8,000 square feet. Since this is a large retail business, a great deal of lighting is necessary. Continue reading

City To Fit All Streetlights With Energy-Saving LED Bulbs

The amber glow of the New York City streetlight is going away. In an energy-saving effort, the city plans to replace all of its 250,000 streetlights with brighter, whiter, energy-saving, light-emitting diode fixtures in one of the nation’s largest retrofitting projects, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and the transportation commissioner, Janette Sadik-Khan, said in a news conference on Thursday.

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Janette Sadik-Khan, the transportation commissioner, in Brooklyn on Thursday.

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Janette Sadik-Khan, the transportation commissioner, in Brooklyn on Thursday.

The phasing out is part of the administration’s long-term plan to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2017. Mayor Bloomberg described the switch as a “large and necessary feat” that will save taxpayers money and move the city closer to its sustainability goals. The project is also part of the Transportation Department’s plan for more environment-friendly operations, Ms. Sadik-Khan said. Continue reading

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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Steven Miric/Getty Images

“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

Quarter of All Lighting Will be LED

By: Christine Persaud

According to the latest report by NPD DisplaySearch, a quarter of all global lighting will be LED-based by 2016, as the technology continues its rapid rise in manufacturing, and prices fall.

The growth can be attributed to consumers and businesses making the switch due to environmental concerns, as well as government incentives.

273_898a57735dfb6f1323cc13ec8b65f8daf8209af6The new opportunity for LED lighting applications will double the market, from 16 million units in 2012 to a forecasted 33 million in 2013, and will nearly triple by 2016. Continue reading

Lighting Like an Incandescent, Except It’s an LED

By Gregory Schmidt

In the debate over the merits of incandescent light bulbs versus compact fluorescent lamps, LED bulbs have become a viable alternativeSwitch Lighting is hoping to ride the wave of rising consumer interest with its own series of LED bulbs.

Switch assembled a team of engineers and physicists in its Silicon Valley headquarters in 2007, and produced a bulb last year with distinct design that has won several innovation awards.

The bulb incorporates technology that Switch calls a LQD cooling system, a patented design that bathes the LED with a coolant made of liquid silicone. The liquid diffuses the light over the surface of the bulb, producing light that is omnidirectional and illuminating a room similar to the way an incandescent does. The shape is similar, too, for those who prefer traditional A-series light bulbs. Continue reading

LED Lighting Tax Deductions: Don’t Get Left In The Dark

From Balboa Capital

These days, just about everyone is doing their part to help protect the environment we live in. People are “going green” by recycling, saving energy, driving hybrid cars, carpooling, conserving water and eating sustainable foods. And they’re not alone. Commercial buildings, apartment complexes, supermarkets, warehouses, hotels and more are also taking the necessary steps to conserve resources and reduce their carbon footprint. One way they are doing this is by adding LED lighting to their facilities. In fact, doing so enables businesses to take advantage of the Section 179D Commercial Building Tax Deduction. Continue reading