Lighting the key to energy saving: It’s amazing that a massive change like this is so close to our reach, yet the human race will probably do nothing about it.
A global switch to efficient lighting systems would trim the world’s electricity bill by nearly one-tenth. […] The carbon dioxide emissions saved by such a switch would, it concludes, dwarf cuts so far achieved by adopting wind and solar power.
Good Lord — think about that for a minute. Combine that with some of the really great things happening in automobile technology lately, and we could take some huge steps in this area.
But this isn’t a new idea. Almost three years ago, we pointed out an article that listed the incandescent bulb among Ten Technologies That Deserve to Die.
I switched all my lamps in my home to fluorescent bulbs a couple years ago. Rather than the energy savings, the best part is how long the bulbs last.
Since I made the big switch two years ago, I just had my first bulb burn out. Prior to that, I was changing every bulb in my house out once every three months or so.
Let me plug a client really quick: HiBrite Lighting here in Sioux Falls makes an insane lighting system. I have witnessed these lights replace the lights in a huge warehouse, and the change was just nuts.
They are (1) brighter (it’s like staring into the sun — they used two HiBrite lights for every three of the old ones), (2) quieter (no incessant buzzing), (3) they start instantly (the old HIDs would take five minutes to warm up), and (4) they use about one-fourth the energy.
This stuff is an absolute no-brainer, in my mind.