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Green Lighting Solutions
Going Green-Energy efficient lighting solutions
Lighting up homes where a difference can be made when it comes to conserving energy, is a big challenge. There are a few technological advances which offer a whole host of new options for making our lighting efforts much more energy efficient. Energy-efficient lighting is effective and proper design and implementation of these practices result in saving money as well as protection and conservation of our valuable environment by utilizing renewable energy resources. Some of these technologies and resources have been around for ages but unfortunately have not been utilized to their full potential.
"Green" Lighting Solutions
Go Green! What does it mean in today’s world?
Nowadays, various companies are marketing their products as being “green”, particularly when it comes to lighting. They claim to have fulfilled their “green” preconditions by using high-efficiency products to substitute lighting systems. Undoubtedly the overall energy usage for lighting operations is reduced, but this fails to deal with the real “carbon footprint” of conventional lighting solutions, especially when measured over an extended period of time.
State of affairs
If a company decides to replace the existing high pressure sodium lighting with linear fluorescent, it requires a three-lamp linear fluorescent fixture for every single lamp high pressure sodium fixture. Assuming that the average lamp life for high pressure sodium is 24,000 hours and 20,000 hours for linear fluorescent, over a 10-year period, the linear fluorescent system would require 2.6x more lamps than high pressure sodium!
Induction Lighting -
The True "Green" Alternative
Induction lighting provides the best of both worlds- low operating cost and low carbon footprint.
When compared to other lighting types, the “carbon footprint” for induction lighting is 2.6 to 6.6 times less over a 10-year period. Induction lighting is the true “green” alternative.
Nowadays LED lighting becomes more and more the focus of attention. Despite higher production and purchase costs, the high durability of LEDs, their long lifetime and easy disposal (no mercury pollution) render them highly efficient and an energy-saving alternative for all kinds of lighting.
The standard luminous light bulbs are very inefficient; up to 95% of the energy consumed by an incandescent light bulb produces heat, not light. More efficient are compact fluorescent light bulbs which use up to 75% less energy per bulb. However, LED light bulbs use up to 90% less energy than, far less than any other light source, and therewith contribute considerably to energy conservation.
The efficacy of LED sources, measured in lumens per watt, is overtaking that of incandescent and halogen sources. LEDs stand out through their low energy consumption: they typically use 10-20% of the energy that a normal incandescent light uses. Their extreme longevity which can last up to 50,000 hours ensures less maintenance cost for light installations, less usage of bulbs and therewith also less waste for the environment. Thus state-of-the-art LED lighting systems support energy conservation and cut significantly maintenance costs. For example, the initial costs of an incandescent source may only be fifty cents; however, its energy consumption will easily cost more than ten times over its relatively short life. When a new source must be purchased, the cycle begins anew.
In times of growing environmental awareness, the ecological consciousness of LEDs (no usage of mercury) directly meets the demands of today’s society. The absence of heat emission and UV-radiation render LEDs perfect suitable and safe for everyday use as well as for areas where sensible lighting is needed (e.g. illumination of artwork in museums or presentation of food in supermarkets). Edison supports this development and offers the consumers a new solution for energy saving and environmentally friendly lighting. By seeking material durability, energy conservation and waste avoidance, Edison provides intelligent green lighting solutions through sustainable product design and efficient lighting systems.