Philips Lighting has announced an LED architectural lighting project installed on the historic Big Four Bridge that links Louisville, KY and Jeffersonville, IN across the Ohio River. The dynamic, color-changing solid-state lighting (SSL) is intended to help revitalize the Louisville waterfront and make the pedestrian and bicyclist bridge a destination point in the region.
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.
LED 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
For many reasons, use of LEDs in both consumer and industrial applications looks bright. So believes Richard Evans, an engineer who has talked to environmental groups about consumer use of LEDs and has been specifying LEDs for a leading manufacturer of industrial automation equipment for over 10 years.
Consumer products to use more LEDs in the future
In the consumer sector, he is very optimistic about the growth of LED use, especially when it comes to LEDs replacing incandescent and fluorescent lighting and the use of LEDs in television sets. He predicts “the trend toward LED back lighting in TV sets will continue for several more years.” Continue reading
The Bartow County College and Career Academy (BCCCA) addressed lighting uniformity issues in parking lots and driveways with a lighting retrofit from Acuity Brands, Inc. Twenty-eight American Electric Lighting™ Autobahn LED luminaires were mounted to existing 30-foot aluminum poles, replacing 1,000-watt metal halide fixtures.
Watch industry news these days and one topic comes up time and again: LED lighting. And for once the talk is all positive. In fact, practically every sector that has something to say about it seems to be saying that it could be a saving grace in our struggling economy.
Obviously the lighting industry is stoked about the new-found popularity of LED lighting. According to the LED Lighting Market Report that was recently released, the global LED lighting market is expected to grow 45 percent each year through 2019. Considering the market was worth $4.8 billion in 2012, that would make it worth $42 billion annually by 2019. Even more, these figures are based solely on the current sales value of 60-watt incandescent bulbs. The numbers don’t even take other size and wattage bulbs into account in their figures. Recent developments in LED technology that have created viable LED options for higher-output options like PAR38 replacement bulbs are certain to boost these numbers even higher. This explosive growth is expanding LED lighting manufacture operations as fast as they can build and staff them, both in North America and across the globe in the facilities that supply raw components to companies here at home.
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.
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.
“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
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has released a new study addressing the potential environmental impacts from landfill disposal of three light-source technologies used in residential homes: incandescent, compact fluorescent (CFL), and LED. All three lamp types contained some hazardous elements which, while generally below Federal landfill limits, in some instances exceeded the more restrictive California limits. Continue reading