LED lights

215 Million And Rising: Surge In LED Installs Is A Growing Threat To Utility Industry

August 27, 2015 by Dennis Wamsted

LED Installs and Utilites

The cumulative number of light emitting diodes (LEDs) installed across the United States has soared during the past two years—topping 215 million at the end of 2014. That’s good for the environment and consumers, but not for growth-starved electric utilities.[read more]

LEDs Pose Same Threat As Solar and Net Metering For Utility Ratemaking

July 27, 2015 by Dennis Wamsted

LEDs and Ratemaking

What exactly are the differences between LEDs and residential solar energy panels? Well, there's plenty different between them, clearly, but for a utility executive worried about slow or no load growth they amount to exactly the same thing—trouble.[read more]

LED Outdoor Lighting: $6 Billion Annual Savings Opportunity Ripe for the Picking

February 10, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

LED Outdoor Lighting

Not only was last weekend's Super Bowl played under LED lights, the new flat panel TVs for watching the game were illuminated by LED backlights, and the lights on the poles in the parking lot outside the sports bar and the streets and highways between there and home may have been retrofitted with LEDs as well.[read more]

LEDs: A First in Super Bowl History

February 1, 2015 by Sarah Battaglia

There’s more to the Super Bowl than face paint, air horns, and a mountain of bean dip. (Oh, and beer. We cannot forget the beer.) While the country tunes in to watch the big game Sunday night, the focus will be on the field, but when the cameras pan out, try to catch a glimpse of the lights.[read more]

​In Defense of LEDs: Why the Rebound Effect for Solid-State Lighting May Be Overblown

October 16, 2014 by Rob Day

Energy Efficiency and Rebound Effects

LED lighting is one powerful tool for addressing climate change. And the people working hard to accelerate adoption of LED lighting should be very proud of what they are doing. We can do even more, too. But to say that LEDs are "unlikely" to make a positive impact on climate change is just not true.[read more]

GE Opens a Pricing War Over the Connected LED Light Bulb

July 4, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

Just over a year ago, the emergence of a sub-$10 light-emitting diode (LED) bulb was big news for the lighting industry. The same pricing trends are headed for smart bulbs too. Now, for just a few dollars more, consumers can buy a GE LED light bulb for their homes that can be controlled from a smartphone.[read more]

LED Lighting: Have You Made the Switch?

April 28, 2014 by Chris Riso

LED Lighting Switch

A recent trend has been the growing popularity of LED lighting. Each year, upgrades utilizing LED technology represent more and more of lighting retrofits. LED project proposals went from 16 percent of lighting upgrades fellows recommended in 2012 to nearly half of all lighting projects in 2013.[read more]

Spring Energy Fix: Lower Your Bills with LED Light Bulbs

April 2, 2014 by Peter Lehner

LEDs and Lower Bills

Spring is here at last, bringing relief from a seemingly endless winter and the painfully high energy bills that went along with it. Not needing to turn on the heat is a surefire way to bring down your energy costs. Another simple fix you might want to try this spring is upgrading your light bulbs.[read more]

Will That $25 Light Bulb Really Save You Money?

February 13, 2014 by Sarah Battaglia

So you go to the store to replace a couple light bulbs that burnt out and you’re faced with an entire aisle of options: incandescents, LEDs, CFLs, halogens. Which one to buy? There are many factors that will influence your decision, but you’ll probably go for the one that will offer the best economic value.[read more]

How Much Should You Pay for LEDs and CFL bulbs?

February 6, 2014 by Lindsay Wilson

Energy Efficient Bulbs

As the incandescent bulb is gradually phased out in many countries around the world homeowners need to get familiar with CFLs and LEDs. In today’s post I want to dig deeply into just how much you should actually be paying for those bulbs.[read more]


Know your LEDs: Light-Emitting Diode Bulbs Set to Go Mainstream in Households Globally

December 17, 2013 by Jim Pierobon

LEDs and Global Growth

If you’re not up to speed on LED bulbs, the time to get smart is now. Light-emitting diode bulbs are set to become household words in the U.S. and much of Western Europe, and soon will be in China and other countries, as competition heats up below the $10 (U.S.) price point.[read more]

LED Holiday Lights Are Brighter, Safer, and Save Money Over Time!

December 14, 2013 by Kristopher Settle

Holiday Lights

There’s plenty to be excited about as we wrap up the holiday season this month. One of the things I always make time to do this time of year is take a drive around the neighborhood when it’s snowing (for extra festive appeal) and check out the Christmas lighting displays from house to house.[read more]

Street Fight: LED Street Lighting, the Newest Challenge to Old Utility Business Models

December 5, 2013 by Dan Cross-Call

A lot is being said about various threats to the electric utility business model. At their root, many of those threats are really a fundamental misalignment between utilities’ revenue model and their customers’ own financial needs and service preferences.[read more]

New York City Takes 250,000 Steps Toward Energy Efficiency

November 2, 2013 by Kristopher Settle

NYC Streetlight Efficiency

Last week NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan announced a new effort to replace the city’s current amber streetlights for white, more energy-efficient light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs throughout the five boroughs.[read more]

Energy Efficiency: Driving on LEDs

September 14, 2013 by Lou Grinzo

I think it’s absolutely crucial as we deal with energy and environmental issues that we recognize the interactions between pieces of systems, and between subsystems within our entire biosphere. With this mindset, I found one a “city X is using LEDs” articles very interesting.[read more]