America’s lightbulb revolution has made major gains in energy savings

America’s lightbulb revolution has made major gains in energy savings

Source: The Bulletin    By Nadja Popovich,  New York Times Service   Date: March 13th, 2019

Article Condensed; See link to full Article below.

Solar panels and wind turbines get a lot of attention. A more inconspicuous instrument is helping to reshape America’s energy economy: The humble lightbulb.

Over the past decade, traditional incandescent bulbs, those distinctive glass orbs with glowing wire centers, have been rapidly replaced by more energy-efficient lighting. The shift has driven down electricity demand in U.S. homes, saving consumers money and cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

The energy savings are expected to grow as highly efficient and increasingly inexpensive LED bulbs continue to replace older lights. Energy-efficiency advocates worry the Trump administration could slow the pace of this lighting revolution.

Last month, the Department of Energy said it would withdraw an Obama-era regulation that nearly doubled the number of lightbulbs subject to energy-efficiency requirements.

Industry groups are also pushing back on new lighting efficiency requirements slated to go into effect next year.

After climbing for decades, electricity use by U.S. households has declined over the past eight years.

“That’s a staggering change,” said Lucas Davis, an energy economist at the University of California, Berkeley.

Congress established the first national lightbulb efficiency standards in 2007, which were signed into law by President George W. Bush.

Starting in 2012, the law required new lightbulbs to use 28 percent less power than existing incandescent lights — essentially ending the sale of the older, inefficient bulbs.

A new generation of halogen bulbs initially replaced traditional incandescents, but, more recently, sales of highly efficient LEDs have grown as their prices have fallen.

The switch to more efficient lighting has been relatively rapid, Davis said, because of the short life span of traditional lightbulbs.

While consumers may replace an old refrigerator or dishwasher with an energy-saving model once a decade, incandescent bulbs last only about a year before they need replacing.

“When you take out incandescent lightbulbs and replace them with LEDs, the amount of electricity you consume goes down more than 80 percent,” Davis said. “There’s nothing else like that.” See the full article at https://www.bendbulletin.com/business/7004806-151/americas-lightbulb-revolution-has-made-major-gains-in

Comments: The switch to LED is firmly gaining ground and as the article states, LED lamps outsold other types for the first time in 2017. Changing out your lamps makes good sense; Join the revolution if you have not done so already. Need help crossing over all your lamps to LED; Get help, great pricing, and rebates…Reach out to me here on my site.

Espen Technology Releases Type A PL Lamps For Electronic & Magnetic Ballasts

Espen Technology Releases Type A PL Lamps For Electronic & Magnetic Ballasts

Upgrading fixtures? There are several good ways to do it such as replace it, retrofit it, or just a lamp replacement. Which is best? That all depends on the fixture, style, shape, existing lamp, accessibility, budget, and lighting quality needed. Regarding just a lamp replacement a new family of Plug n Play lamps is now available.

Espen Technology just announced a new line of LED Type A PL lamps, that are part of the RetroflexTM family of Type A lamps (plug’n’play). Some Retroflex lamps can be powered by an existing electronic ballast, and others by an existing magnetic ballast. Initial inventory for the Type A PL lamps are in stock now.

According to John Clancy, SVP of Sales & Marketing at Espen, “Espen’s new Type A PL lamps allow end-users the reduced labor of plug & play solutions.” Clancy added, “We have LED PL lamps for either electronic or magnetic ballasts, as well as two form factors. Espen continues to expand one of the largest lines of LED commercial lamps in the industry.”

The Type A PL lamps are designed to replace compact fluorescent 4-pin and 2-pin lamps that are 18W, 26W, 32W, and 42W. Lamp output is 900 lumens for the magnetic ballast version, and 1,000 lumens for the electronic ballast version. The compact lamps are offered in 2700K, 3000K, 3500K, 4000K, and 5000K CCTs. These lamps are UL rated, have a 50,000-hour average rated life, and a 5-year warranty.

Comments:  Espen is one of several great lines we have available to help you find the best-suited product for your project. You can contact me for specs, pricing, installation, and recommendations. Reach out to me here on site.

GE Lighting expands Bluetooth-based smart SSL portfolio at CES 2019

GE Lighting expands Bluetooth-based smart SSL portfolio at CES 2019

Source: LEDs Magazine Published on: Jan 14, 2019 By:Maury Wright,Editor in Chief

The C by GE residentially-targeted smart LED lighting portfolio was expanded at CES with the company adding full-color LED lamps along with smart switches and accessories.

GE Lighting has announced an expansion of its C by GE portfolio of smart LED lighting products connected via a Bluetooth wireless link, making the announcement at CES (formerly the Consumer Electronics Show). The residentially-targeted solid-state lighting (SSL) line now includes a full color lamp along with Bluetooth-enabled switches and accessories. Moreover, the C by GE portfolio carries Made for Google status and will work seamlessly with all of the Google Home smart hubs. GE joined Signify in making smart home SSL announcements at the CES event in Las Vegas.

We’ll get to more on the products in just a bit, but first we should discuss the name. The C by GE brand seems very similar to the Current by GE brand, but the former is part of GE Lighting and the latter is a sister division focused on the commercial sector that won’t likely be part of GE much longer. As we wrote recently, GE has agreed to sell Current to American Industrial Partners (AIP). Meanwhile, we presume the C in the C by GE brand implies “connected.”

GE chose to base the C by GE portfolio on the Bluetooth wireless standard so no additional hub or gateway would be required to utilize the products. For example, the popular Philips Hue products from Signify utilize ZigBee wireless, which affords advantages in range and scale, but which does require a dedicated gateway.

GE has further partnered with Google to make the use of the connected SSL products foolproof. Users that have a Google Home or Mini or other Google hub simply connect one of the lamps to a socket and then say “Hey Google” to instigate a connection with the lamp and enable voice-based control.

Back in October, GE announced two A19 lamps in the portfolio. The C-Life lamp is warm white and supports dimming. The C-Sleep, meanwhile, offers three different tunable settings with spectral power distribution (SPD) optimized for Vibrant (morning), Active (Daytime), or Calm (evening) settings. That product is also fully dimmable via voice control.

GE gets Google on board with its latest smart LED lamps in both color and white-tunable offerings, among other products in the C by GE line. (Photo credit: GE Lighting.)

Now GE has added full color lamps in both A19 and BR30 form factors. Moreover, the company has added a full-color light strip. All can be controlled via the user’s voice, or through programmatic settings. Indeed, GE offers an app that allows users to customize scenes and settings.

The CES announcement also included switches and accessories. To a large extent, the products are intended to allow users to bring legacy products including other LED-based lighting into their C by GE sphere of control. For example, the Smart Switches include dimming capability for a legacy lamp and enable voice control of such lamps. In terms of accessories, the portfolio includes a voice-controllable power plug and a motion sensor.

“Lighting is pervasive at home, which makes for an intuitive way to turn on smart benefits,” said Paul Williams, general manager of product management & growth at GE Lighting. “We are leveraging lighting’s real estate, plus powerful partner connections, to launch new easy-to-use platforms that drive more productivity, safety, and enjoyment throughout the home.”

GE also said that while the lamps carry the Made for Google designation, the products will work with other home automation products. Specifically, the company said the products also operate with Apple Homekit and Amazon Alexa.

Comments by Ralph: This GE C line of lamps like other connected lamp lines are designed primarily for the residential market and offers some cool functions. I suspect the line will be developed to use in commercial applications and probably work with other types of controls. Please contact me for all lamp pricing for any commercial accounts or projects.

Lunera Lighting Closing Down; Green Creative Has the Lamps

Lunera Lighting Closing Down; Green Creative Has the Lamps

Hey, in case you have not heard, Lunera Lighting has shut down its doors for various reasons. Are you looking or in need of Lunera and similar type LED lamps?  If so, we have a complete cross for all their lamps with Green creative and other lines too.   If you’re an end user commercial account customer, reach out for pricing and assistance on any LED lamps. We can cross for you and get your account/pricing set up. Other ways we can help you at FSG include:

  • price out any other lamps you use; All styles and types available
  • very good pricing
  • easy account setup
  • friendly, live help for assistance and recommendation
  • free, fast delivery on orders over $150.

You can reach me at 267-370-1442,  ralph.girondo@fsgi.com, or here on my site. Thanks.

 

Do you need to switch to LED Holiday Lighting?

Do you need to switch to LED Holiday Lighting?

Source: The Legal Examiner     By Craig Kelley

Comments from Ralph: Wow; 250 Christmas Tree fires and 14 deaths; it’s unfortunate and can be prevented. These days, whether you like the miniature, larger C7 style, white, colors or blinking; you can get them in LED.  Makes good sense to switch for many reasons and add safety to the list. Buy a quality brand and you can enjoy them for many years.

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Inserra Kelley Sewell

In recent years many holiday revelers have switched from old-fashioned Christmas Lighting to replacing their old strings of lights with LED lights.  The author of this blog has first-hand knowledge of replacing her strings of light with LED lights. Three years ago, my husband, son and I had decorated our house and just wrapped our string of light around our tree and when we plugged in the lights nothing worked.  We were really frustrated and sad and at that moment we decided to be safe and switch to LED lights. We had our old strings of lights for over ten years. We always get a real Christmas Tree and the thought of hot lights starting our tree on fire was scary. We also have pets and did not want them to suffer injuries playing with old lights on our tree.  There are 250 Christmas tree fires a year resulting in 14 deaths each year.

At Inserra Kelley Sewell we want you to have a safe, fun and happy holiday season.  If you are using old strings of lights that are not LED Lights,  think about making the switch to protect your family from harm.

(Craig Kelley is a partner with Inserra & Kelley, Attorneys At Law since 1993.)

HERE’S A BRIGHT IDEA: MAKE THE SWITCH TO LED BULBS

HERE’S A BRIGHT IDEA: MAKE THE SWITCH TO LED BULBS

Source: St. Louis Dispatch    Dec 4th 2018

Comment.: There are positive news and testimonials about the benefits of LED everywhere. Here is another one and a great photo of LED in action. Want helpful recommendations, great pricing, and a service arm as well for all your buildings? Feel free to contact me if you do at ralph,girondo@fsgi.com

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My bet is that we have up to 500 million table and floor lamps in the U.S. with three-way incandescent 50-100-150-watt bulbs. The Department of Energy hasn’t banned manufacture or import of the old-style bulbs because suitable LED replacements have just recently become readily and economically available online and in some stores. The cost is about $13 each, less with mail-in rebates. And yes, if you want a 150-watt equivalent dimmable or single-wattage bulb, they’re on the shelf now, too.

What does the buyer get? A lamp with 25 times the life, one-sixth of the electrical cost, and far less heat output to ruin lampshades and overwork your air conditioning system.
Is this good for our environment? Lighting has been thought to account for 20 percent of our power usage, and therefore a significant contributor to global warming. Add that overworked air conditioning load and we have a compelling reason to buy LED bulbs. Reap the benefits and tell your friends.
Bob Hutton  Chesterfield