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March 09, 2016

Energy Department Solid-State Lighting Efforts Spark New Paradigm

Breakthroughs in solid-state lighting (SSL) technology, driven in part by Energy Department research investments, are leading to sweeping changes in the way lighting experts view the vast economic potential of future lighting systems and their growing benefits to society.

In the latest issue of EERE’s Amped Up! newsletter, EERE’s lighting ace Jim Brodrick, outlines advances that will reap major U.S. energy and carbon savings, transforming the way people across the globe live and work.

SSL technology is still in its infancy yet holds huge promise for contributing to our nation's climate change goals. And it has become increasingly clear that light can benefit our health and productivity. Based on light-emitting diodes (LED) and organic LEDs, SSL could potentially reduce national lighting electricity use by nearly half by 2030—saving $26 billion in today’s dollars. Its other benefits include controllability, directionality, long life, and aesthetic appeal. For the complete story, see the EERE Blog.