Energy-efficient light bulbs harder to find, more expensive in high-poverty neighborhoods

“A Detroit area study finds that energy-efficient CFLs and LEDs are more expensive and less readily available in high-poverty urban neighborhoods. The survey found high-poverty neighborhoods lacked the large retailers offering lower prices and wider selection. CFL and LED bulb prices and availability differed across the county, but more limited availability and higher prices were…

Lights out for residential lighting programs? Not just yet

“Do the upcoming standards mean residential lighting programs will no longer be cost-effective? Or can programs gain another year or two of savings by promoting efficient light bulbs, which have long been the mainstay of residential program portfolios? These questions are at the forefront of utility program planning and regulatory agendas in many states. We…

Report: Global LED Lighting Market Growing But Slowed by Key Limitations

“Analyzing the LED lighting market by product type, installation type, end-use application, and geography, the report looks at growth drivers, trends, and restraints. Noting that LEDs are being used for a number of indoor, outdoor, architectural, automotive, and horticultural applications, P&S Market Research says that the increasing adoption of energy-efficient lighting solutions worldwide is a…

Global LED lighting market growing but slowed by key limitation

“Although LEDs have key advantages over traditional lighting technologies — such as efficiency, diversity of colors, quick on/off time, frequent on/off cycling, long lifetime, and shock resistance — P&S Market Research points to several limitations. “Thermal properties, voltage sensitivity, efficiency droop, expensive production, and costly maintenance are hindering their market growth,” the analysis says. “The…

Three new energy efficiency standards go into effect offering customers better lighting choices

“Three new energy efficiency standards went into effect January 1 that give consumers the choice of better quality light bulbs, LEDs, and small-diameter directional lamps. Consumers will save more than $4 billion in aggregate over the first 13 years with the LED and small-diameter directional lamp standards. Consumers will also conserve enough electricity to power…

The new year brings better quality lighting choices to California

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“In California there are more than 600 million sockets for general service and reflector light bulbs and about half of those are still using old incandescent light bulbs. Approximately 90 percent of electricity used by traditional light bulbs is wasted as heat instead of visible light. The technology of LEDs and compact fluorescents make the…
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