LED Lighting Makes Sense Today
Chuck Swoboda, the CEO of LED lighting manufacturer Cree, recently wrote a guest post on Cree about why American households, businesses and governments should switch to LED lighting sooner then later. Swoboda opens up his post by referencing President Obama’s call in his State Of The Union address to cut energy waste in homes and businesses by half over the next twenty years. He points out that America can achieve much of this energy savings today, simply by switching to LED lighting.
How Consumers Can Save
Lighting accounts for 19% of the electricity used by the average American household. Switching to LED lighting can cut those costs by 80%. An LED build that uses less then 10 watts can produce the same amount of light as a 60 watt incandescent bulb. The high upfront cost of LED fixtures has kept most consumers from purchasing LED bulbs. Advancements in technology is rapidly lowering prices to the point that quality LED bulbs could soon sell for under $10.
How Governments And Businesses Already Save
Many businesses and municipalities have already figured out just how cost effective LED lighting can be. The City of Los Angeles expects to cut it’s street lighting bill by two thirds, or $10 million, by switching to LED’s. Sheetz convenience stores are saving 45 percent on interior lighting, and up to 55 percent on exterior lighting after switching to all LED’s in 130 of its locations. Patrons of the stores also report that they find the facilities brighter and more appealing.
The switch to LED lighting will rapidly increase over the next few years as prices drop. The U.S. Department of Energy expects America will save $250 billion in energy costs over the next 20 years by switching to LED lighting.