Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Led Holiday lights

Over the past few years, many people have been making the switch to LED string lights for their holiday decorations and recycling their old incandescent lights. With an average energy savings of 80%, it's no wonder the switch is so appealing! More people are gaining awareness of the need to conserve energy at every turn, even during the festivities of the holidays, so LED lights are getting a lot of attention.
We've found a resource, HolidayLEDs, that shows you everything you need to know to comfortably switch to LEDs, as well as what to do with those old string lights.
Calculate Your Energy Savings
While LED lights offer some incredible energy savings, they can be pretty pricey. The higher up-front cost can sometimes deter customers who think that the energy savings is cancelled out by the purchase price. However, HolidayLEDs has great instructions for how to calculate your savings by switching to LED string lights. They lay out an easy-to-follow formula so you'll know just what kind of return on investment to expect. LED string lights have a long life expectancy, so even though they might be more expensive up front, you'll definitely be helping out the environment and saving money in the long run.
Recycle Old Lights for Free
HolidayLEDs also has a free recycling program for old lights. Simply mail in your old lights, and you'll receive a coupon for 15% off items in their online store. What a great reward for recycling! You can use the discount to purchase your new LED string lights. The company explains just how they recycle the lights, so you can rest assured that your old lights are being properly processed.
Shop 'til You Drop
And finally, HolidayLEDs is an excellent resource for—of course—purchasing LED string lights. Most any type of light you could possibly want for holiday decorating is available as LED and offered at this online store.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Arizona resident converted his entire home to LED lighting

Using LED lighting could be comfortable and it almost could be placed everywhere in the house.

Two years ago, Roger Deane from Scottsdale, Arizona contacted LED magazine and said that he has converted all his lighting into LED lighting. His first experiment was to convert his outdoor lighting, and once this was done, his electric bill plummet by approximately $20 per month. Other advantages of LED lights were that they do not emit as much heat as the old incandescent bulbs did.

Before the project he had six double light "shop" lights which were gobbling up over 560 watts. “I now only use approx. 60 watts doing the whole garage with 20 PAR20 lamps on track lighting. Also, the garage is air-conditioning and well insulated, there are also savings from not having those HOT tubes and ballasts!”

LED lighting could be almost used everywhere, even the places where you couldn’t dare to imagine. For example: the LED lighting strips that could be used for under-counter locations where did not have lighting before, or in small cabinets like guest bath, even inside the fridge is possible.

During the project Roger receives a lot positive reactions from his friends about his interior lighting. But they still have apprehension to use it at home. However, once they have used, they will have more positive comments on it.

It has been two years for him to installed LED lights, but he still did not have to replace a single LED bulb yet. This shows how good qualities the LED bulbs are!

EU starts phasing out incandescent light bulbs

THE European Union will start its transition from power-draining incandescent light bulbs to more energy efficient ones today, the European Commission said.

The new rules follow an agreement reached by the 27 EU governments last year to phase out the traditional light bulb over three years starting this year to help European countries lower greenhouse gas emissions, EU executive said yesterday.

This aims to curb climate change and reduce energy bills.

As of today, old standard frosted light bulbs and clear bulbs of 100 watts and more will no longer be manufactured or imported into the EU as part of the plan.

The traditional incandescent bulbs are being replaced by long-life fluorescent or halogen lamps.

Consumers will still be able to buy the older bulbs until supplies run out. The EU says the switch from incandescent bulbs to more efficient ones will bring energy savings of 25 to 75 percent compared to the traditional bulbs.

The EU's executive has said the measure will save households up to 50 euros (US$71) a year and pump up to 10 billion euros into the economy.

The measure is part of a series of energy-saving measures planned by the EU to cut emissions of the greenhouse gases blamed for global warming and to reduce energy expenditure.

Several nations including Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the Philippines have already announced they will phase out or restrict sales of traditional bulbs as well.

Energy-strapped Tajikistan also announced yesterday it will ban the import of incandescent light bulbs in an effort to conserve power. The move by the Central Asian country is meant to lessen Tajikistan's reliance on imported electricity.

Severe power shortages hit Tajikistan last winter. At the peak of the shortages, power was limited to 11 hours a day in the capital, Dushanbe, and about four hours a day elsewhere.

The incandescent bulb, which is little changed since Thomas Edison invented it in the 19th century, uses more power than energy-saving fluorescent light bulbs and halogen lamps.

source: shanghai daily http://www.shanghaidaily.com/sp/article/2009/200909/20090901/article_412379.htm

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

how to save energy at school

Led has many advantages

In these days, it is very hard to save energy for people who have a small business at home. What a lot of people do not know is that a small company can save a huge amount of money per year without being thrifty. The only thing that they have to do is just replace the lightings at home. For example: If you are using incandescent bulbs at home, it wise to change it into LED lightings. Why? Because LED lightings can be placed almost in every corner in your house not just like CFL bulbs and it can reduce your bills by hundreds of dollars per year. Moreover, when you purchase LED lightings it has a lifetime of 25 years which is far longer than the CFL bulb and incandescent lighting. A lot of people ask me why do not use CFL because it is a bit cheaper than the LED. People listen carefully now, when you have to choose between those two, I would recommend you to choose the LED, because CFL has fewer lifetime than LED and is use more energy than LED. Below the text you will see a chart which is very valuable when you considering to buy a CFL or incandescent lighting. Comparison Chart
Bulb Type Lumens Watts Investment Consumption Energy Cost Total Cost
Incandescent 1600 100 $100.00 10000 kWh $1,000.00 $1,100.00
CFL 1600 25 $100.00 2500 kWh $250.00 $350.00
LED 1600 15 $100.00 1500 kWh $150.00 $250.00

Investment based on:
• Incand:$1.00 per bulb x 100 bulbs to equal the lifespan of one LED style bulb
• CFL: $10.00 per bulb x 10 bulbs to equal the lifespan of one LED style bulb
• LED: $100.00 per bulb equal to 100,000 hour lifespan
Consumption based on:
• Kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy used over the course of 100,000 hours
Energy Cost based on:
• 10 cents per kWh average fee from utility company

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