Rise of Energy-Saving LEDs in Lighting Market Seen as Unstoppable

Rise of Energy-Saving LEDs in Lighting Market Seen as Unstoppable

Analysts say GOP-led efforts to strip funding for federal lighting efficiency standards won’t stop the rapid growth of new technologies

By Maria Gallucci, SolveClimate News

The switch to energy-efficient lighting will proceed rapidly this decade, no matter the results of a Republican campaign to keep older energy-guzzling light bulbs on the market, industry executives and experts say.

The reason is simple: The new technologies promise brighter days for the bottom line.

Light-emitting diodes or LEDS, in particular, are driving the lighting market as commercial, industrial and outdoor sectors — which make up 96 percent of the world’s lighting energy use — continue to realize massive savings from the emerging technology.

“The adoption rate of LED is so profound … and is happening at a clip that is surprising even for us in the marketplace,” Tom Pincince, CEO of Digital Lumens, told SolveClimate News.

The Boston-based start-up builds “intelligent” systems with next-generation LED bulbs and software that can cut lighting energy by as much as 90 percent in grocery store-sized warehouses and manufacturing centers, saving thousands of dollars, according to the company.

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