LED lighting technology in the last five years has changed dramatically. I mean it wasn’t too long ago that Christmas lights where a collection of bulbs that lasted one maybe two seasons and produced enough waste heat to be a fire hazard if you let your real tree dry out too much.
Well, the wires are still needed but try finding anything but LED’s for Christmas decoration this year. Everything is LED. The same is happening for homes and business when it comes to lighting. In a lot of cases depending on the price you pay for electricity and how many hours a day you use your lights it makes financial sense to convert T8 or even T5 bulbs to LED.
Research on LED technology is raging around the world as lighting companies race to make take advantage of advancement in LED science. The LED of tomorrow will last longer, cost less and use less electricity than the LEDs of today.
When it comes to outside lights there are plenty of options for the LED from companies like GE, Siemens and many others. Some forward thinking cities have been converting their street lights to new LED lighting.
In the case of Sydney Australia they have recently converted over 4000 street lights to LED using 75% less energy and causing the production of 40% less CO2. There are many other cities looking to follow in their footstep with LED lighting. The finished projects additional reward the cities with cleaner white light that will last over 10 years with needing replacement.
I think I see why electric utilities and some light manufacturers and sellers are against LED bulbs. I mean consumers will not need to by new ones for many years and utilities will only get to sell us a little bit of power instead of lots of power.
I get it, do they?
Gordon's expertise in the area of industrial energy efficiency and alternative energy. He is an experienced electrical engineer with a Masters degree in Alternative Energy technology. He is the co-founder of several renewable energy media sites including Solar Thermal Magazine.