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Two DOE-Funded Reports Show Promise for LED Lighting
Two new reports on solid-state lighting -- lighting using light-emitting diodes (LEDs) or organic LEDs (OLEDs) -- find that the United States is already achieving significant energy savings from the technology, and the promise for the future is, well, bright. The DOE- funded reports, prepared by Navigant Consulting, conclude that LEDs have already saved more than 8 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity in the United States. If LED manufacturers achieve their cost and performance goals, the technology will cut future use of energy for lighting by 30 percent. LEDs have already made significant headway in traffic lights, exit signs, and taillights. The report finds that with accelerated investment in the technology, it could achieve energy savings by 2025 that would be equal to the power produced by 40 large power plants. See the Navigant Consulting press release.
What's another market for LED lights? You guessed it: holiday lighting! LED lights not only use about one-tenth the energy used by the current favorite, mini-lights, but also last much longer and are cool, so they won't catch anything on fire. See the "Holiday Lights" fact sheet on the Western Area Power Administration's Energy Services Web site (PDF 751 KB).