Out with the old and in with the new this year. Since the ban of incandescent lighting, consumers and business owners are tossing out their T12s, and replacing them with LEDs.
The energy efficient lighting technology last much longer and uses far less electricty than incandescent. “Prices for the bulbs are falling steadily as retailers like Home Depot and Lowe’s sell them aggressively and manufacturers improve the technology.”
According to retailers, LED sales in the residential market were a small 3 percent, but grew faster than those of any other lighting technology. IMS Research, an electronics research firm, believes that LEDs will outsell incandescents in the U.S. in 2014.
While the price tag is higher, consumers are beginning to discover the appeal of efficient lighting including better lighting quality and more flexibility.
Source: The New York Times
It’s no surprise that LED lighting is on the rise globally. Various countries, including the U.S., have banned the use of incandescent light bulbs, which has helped the sale of LED lighting to grow by 17 percent annually since 2011.
This year, the global LED market is expected to reach $15 billion, including replacement and non-replacement light sources. Three major areas for LED lighting growth include industrial applications, buildings, and retail stores.
Read what the chairman for Everlight Electronics had to say about what’s ahead for LED.
This image, provided by Osram Sylvania, shows what the company says is the first LED bulb that shine as brightly as regular 100-watt incandescent bulbs.
Missing the 100 watt light bulbs that are notorious energy hogs? Now you can get LED bulbs that roughly match the 100-watters for size and brightness, but use far less energy according to the Associated Press.
Since the 100W bulbs have nearly disappeared, compact fluorescent bulbs seemed to be the only alternative. But “most people see the light quality as less pleasing, and the bulbs contain a small amount of mercury that’s released if the glass breaks.”
By contrast, the LED bulbs do not contain any hazardous substances, are much more durable, and last longer. These bulbs use 20 watts of electricity, and are slightly larger than a regular 100-watt bulb, so it may not fit in all fixtures.
The federal government banned the manufacture of regular 100-watt bulbs on January 1 because of new energy-efficiency standards. Unlike incandescent bulbs, LEDs use less energy, and are quickly becoming the efficient technology of the future.
Source: Associated Press