The U.S. Department of Energy has been championing “green” energy efficient lighting technologies for several years in response to the global climate situation and the nation’s dependency on foreign oil. In 2013, U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced a $10 million investment in developmental projects to explore and support energy efficient solid state lighting. The resulting programs investigated performance and sophistication of light-emitting diodes and their contemporary uses in large scale infrastructure.
The Secretary pointed out that while the adoption of LED technology has increased ten-fold in both the private and public sectors, the cost of LED has been reduced by nearly 54% thanks to improvements in LED manufacturing technologies. We’re living in a “perfect storm” of variables that makes this the ideal time to consider widespread adoption of LED lighting alternatives and a massive migration of our national infrastructure to this cleaner, greener means of lighting up our world.
The United States Migrates to Energy Efficient Lighting
Modern LED technology is roughly seven times more efficient than old school conventional lighting and lasts up to 25 times longer. LED luminaires use just 10% of the energy required to power incandescent bulbs and a little less than half the energy of today’s most common compact fluorescent (CFL) lights. In the eyes of an administration trying to promote sustainable infrastructure and a reduction of carbon emissions, LED lighting is a no-brainer for large scale investment.
Secretary Moniz suggests that, by switching entirely to LED lights over the course of the next two decades, the nation could save approximately $250 billion in energy costs and reduce the consumption of electricity by half. The energy saved by this migration of infrastructure could power 26 million U.S. households.
For over a decade, the United States has made significant investments in LED research and development, as well as contributing investment capital to the manufacturing side of LED technology in an effort to bring down the cost. In May of 2015 the Energy Department awarded another nine research contracts for the development of LED and SSL core technologies. Recent reports detailing the successful conversion from high-pressure sodium street lights to new LEDs in both Portland and Detroit continue to reinforce the positive impacts of LED investment.
As more and more cities and municipalities make the investment leap to clean, low-cost, energy efficient lighting, the future of America looks bright indeed.
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