I keep seeing new ideas and activity with lighting.
To my pleasant surprise I was just in a home with retrofit lighting, with both a CFL bulbs, and LED bulbs. I liked the LED better. (And you’ve probably heard Mike rave about them.) Light Emitting Diode lighting is making great headway. In an earlier post I briefly mentioned Switch light bulbs which look pretty cool even when they are off.
There’s more than a good looking light to this technology. The New York Times reported today about a non profit orginization D-
Rev which has designed a light therapy product called Brilliance for infants suffering from jaundice. Not a life threatening situation for all, but in resource poor countries, technology like this may make a big difference. Untreated, jaundice can lead to deafness and brain damage.
The key to Brilliance and the use of LED’s is that the lighting lasts longer and uses half the wattage of the specialty CFL’s a similar device needs. It costs less, saves more. That’s something in which we can all see the benefit, and it’s at the heart of what I love about energy-efficiency. Done well, it can be about doing more with less. I’ll talk more about this new technology and what it means to all of us in future weeks, from what it is, why it’s better and some advances that might surprise you.
In the meantime, as readers here now, energy-efficiency in your home isn’t about “shivering in the dark”, but just the opposite. It’s about staying more comfortable, safer, with better lighting, while wasting less energy.