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New LED lighting efficiency rules proposed by DoE

New LED lighting efficiency rules proposed by DoE

By BizLED Bureau

Feb 22, 2016: Energy efficiency and cost-effectively are the major driving factors for installing LED lights in homes and offices. The Department of Energy (DoE) has released a newly proposed efficiency rule for general lighting purposes to make better rules and optimum lighting choices for the consumers.

This initiative is a part of government’s program which is in process for last few years and shall continue over the course of this year.

With continuous changes in lighting technology, there are different set of standards running in the industry. The Department of Energy came up with the idea to streamline changes in lighting technology. Under the proposed rules, the traditional light bulbs like halogen, compact fluorescent lights would be replaced in the market place with cutting edge LED technology. This transition aligns with recent industry changes throughout the market. We will take brief history of traditional lighting methods and why the changes are necessary for this transition

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Incandescent light bulb technology belongs to last century and these bulbs lose a huge amount of energy in wasted heat. Some models contain trace amounts of mercury. Incandescent bulbs are price effective but LED technology is way ahead when it comes to energy saving and replacement costs.

According to a report, total installations of common home LED bulbs increased six times from 13 million to 78 million from 2012 to 2014. The price has seen nearly 90% reduction in cost since 2008. LEDs consume 80% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs available for purchase today. With developments in technology, LED prices continue to fall and rapidly making them competitive with traditional technologies.

Because of superior performance and cost savings, experts projected LEDs to reach over 80 percent of all lighting sales by 2030. Apart from the cost savings, consumers who will be switching to LED lighting will greatly assist the nation to move closer to climate goals.

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Through 2030, the cumulative reduction in CO2 emissions due to currently proposed standards is the equivalent of emissions resulting from the annual electricity usage of 1.3 million homes. In 2014 alone, LED installations prevented 7.1 million metric tons of CO2 emissions and saved $1.4 billion in energy costs.

The Department of Energy has been working in LED technology development area for more than a decade. The current deadline has been set as January 1, 2020 and the authority wants to widen the LED lighting options for consumers to accelerate growth of the nation and support environment -friendly initiative in an economical way.

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