Lawsuit in US challenging federal government’s rollback on energy performance standards for light bulbs

The US federal government is actively rolling back on  its energy and climate policies. Only this week President Trump confirmed it will leave the Paris climate agreement next year, the earliest date possible to withdraw. The federal government is also challenging California on fuel efficiency standards.  The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has now recently … Continue reading Lawsuit in US challenging federal government’s rollback on energy performance standards for light bulbs

Installation of LED streetlights making significant headway in India

A news item on the Smart Energy International website describes latest developments in India to install LED streetlights. The results are quite impressive.   Smart streetlights: India celebrates 1 million unit milestone In India, the Ministry of State for Power, New and Renewable Energy has announced the installation of 1 million smart LED streetlights as … Continue reading Installation of LED streetlights making significant headway in India

Lighting should “make a positive impact on the world”

As Roy T. Bennett said, “Shine your light and make a positive impact on the world; there is nothing so honourable as helping improve the lives of others.” While incandescent lightbulbs transformed our societies 140 years ago, they simply were not sustainable and now we have important, efficient options.  Steven Mufson writes in the Washington … Continue reading Lighting should “make a positive impact on the world”

Innovations to potentially revolutionise energy efficiency in LEDs

LEDs have transformed our lighting sector. It is encouraging that there are new developments in their production.  An article on the SciTech Europa website discusses how graphene and other 2D materials are now being used.   Graphene is being used to produce a low-voltage LED Graphene and other 2D materials are being used to produce … Continue reading Innovations to potentially revolutionise energy efficiency in LEDs

Proposal to reverse an Obama-era rule affecting efficiency standards for certain types of lightbulbs will have serious impact on long-term energy and climate objectives

Globally, there has been considerable success in improving the efficiency of lightbulbs through energy performance and labelling standards. The current administration in Washington is proposing to reverse a 2017 decision to expand the types of bulbs covered under stronger standards. Manufacturers argue the stronger 2017 standards were put in place illegally, but the process-driven debate … Continue reading Proposal to reverse an Obama-era rule affecting efficiency standards for certain types of lightbulbs will have serious impact on long-term energy and climate objectives

The humble light bulb meets the 21st century

Nadja Popovich writes in the New York Times about the lightbulb revolution underway in the United States. Fortunately, it is global.   America’s Light Bulb Revolution Solar panels and wind turbines get a lot of attention, but a more inconspicuous instrument is helping to reshape America’s energy economy right now: The humble light bulb. Over … Continue reading The humble light bulb meets the 21st century

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