Trump administration plans to roll back efficiency standards for light bulbs will cost Americans billions and pollute widely

There is always a push from different communities to reduce regulations. Maybe that is good, maybe not. When it comes to our energy performance standards, there is quite a cost if they are made less stringent.  Igor Derysh writes on the Salon website about the potential impact if the Trump administration rolls back on efficiency … Continue reading Trump administration plans to roll back efficiency standards for light bulbs will cost Americans billions and pollute widely

Part of a radical shift in agriculture – using LED lights

High-tech farmers are using LED lights in ways that seem to border on science fiction. Adrian Higgins explains in an article in the Washington Post. Do you know other innovative ways that LED lights have been used? Is this a smart use of LEDs?   Growing the future ike Zelkind stands at one end of … Continue reading Part of a radical shift in agriculture – using LED lights

Smart streetlight controls are being deployed in 64,000 LED lights across Edinburgh

Will Peakin explains on the FutureScot website about recent developments to deploy smart streetlight controls in Edinburgh. The programme is expected to be completed by 2020. Are there other cities doing the same?   Edinburgh deploys smart streetlights as part of energy efficiency programme Smart streetlight controls are being deployed in 64,000 LED lights across … Continue reading Smart streetlight controls are being deployed in 64,000 LED lights across Edinburgh

Belgium is a leader in light pollution, easily identifiable from space

Amazingly, Belgium keeps nearly all of its 2.2 million streetlights on through the night. Even with Belgium in the midst of a low-carbon energy transition, this remains a challenge, if they are determined to keep them lit. Milan Schreuer explains in an article in the New York Times.   Belgium’s Lavish Energy Use Sheds Light … Continue reading Belgium is a leader in light pollution, easily identifiable from space

The light bulb has become an icon of innovation

Tim Harford, often known as the Undercover Economist, has provided a delightful article on the BBC World Service website about the evolution of the cost of providing light for our domestic needs. This is perfect weekend and winter reading. EiD is certain you will enjoy. It also brings some interesting points that will give you … Continue reading The light bulb has become an icon of innovation

Now that marijuana is increasingly legalised, the need for reducing energy costs becomes a priority

Indoor producers of marijuana have high energy bills because of the need for high-intensity lights. Diane Cardwell has written a good article in the New York Times about the increasing use of LED lights in the US.   Where Marijuana Plants Flourish Under Energy-Saving LED Lights “We wanted to be able to offer the best … Continue reading Now that marijuana is increasingly legalised, the need for reducing energy costs becomes a priority

Energy transition in Europe includes removing energy-gobbling halogen spotlights

There have been many important improvements in our lighting systems in recent years. Now, as explained by Arthur Neslen in The Guardian, new European ruling bans any new orders on GU10 spotlights and PAR30 floodlights, which can waste up to 10 times more energy than LEDs   Halogen spotlights to be phased out across Europe … Continue reading Energy transition in Europe includes removing energy-gobbling halogen spotlights

Not everyone is pleased with the switch to energy-efficient lighting

In Europe, the incandescent light bulb has largely been removed from the market, but this is not true everywhere. Christa Marshall writes on the Greenwire website about the reaction to the phase out in the US. There is even research underway to see if the incandescent light bulb can be kept. This is an interesting … Continue reading Not everyone is pleased with the switch to energy-efficient lighting