May 14 2019
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 although the cost of adopting LED technology had increased tenfold in the private and public sectors, the cost of LED technology had been reduced by almost 54 per cent due to improvements in LED manufacturing technology. We live in a "perfect storm" of variables, which makes it an ideal time to consider widespread adoption of LED lighting alternatives and large-scale migration of our national infrastructure to this cleaner, greener lighting world.
The United States moved to energy-efficient lighting
Modern LED technology is about seven times more efficient than old-fashioned conventional lighting and lasts up to 25 times longer. LED lighting USES only 10% of the energy of an incandescent bulb, less than half the energy of today's most common compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs. LED lighting is a smart investment for a government trying to promote sustainable infrastructure and reduce carbon emissions.
Minister moniz suggested that the country could save about $250 billion in energy costs and cut electricity consumption in half by switching completely to LED lights over the next two decades. The energy savings from this infrastructure move could power 26 million American homes.
For more than a decade, the United States has invested heavily in LED research and development and provided investment funds to manufacturers of LED technology to reduce costs. In May 2015, the department of energy awarded nine more research and development contracts to develop LED and SSL core technologies. Recent reports detailing the successful conversion of high-voltage sodium street lamps in Portland and Detroit to new leds continue to reinforce the positive impact of LED investment.
As more cities and cities invest in clean, low-cost, energy-efficient lighting, America's future does indeed look bright.
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