Getting Lamp Designers To Switch To LED Lighting Is Our Awesome Video Of The Week

Jill Fehrenbacher of Inhabitat attended the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York and asked five lamp designers to swap out their incandescent light bulbs for a low-power Philip’s LED. In each case, switching to LED saved between $125 – $1700 over 5 years and every lamp designer was impressed by the brightness and color of the lighting from the LED bulb.

Watching the video makes it seem so easy but what Ms. Fehrenbacher is confronting is the prejudiced assumptions most people have against LED lighting. Yes, you’ll have to pay a premium for LED lights over incandescents and CFLs but the biggest problem facing LED lighting adoption may be the idea that the quality of the light is not as good. Ms. Fehrenbacher meets that objection with the designers directly who may be the toughest customers to convince that LED lighting can show their products in a good light.

So if they haven’t done it yet, might make sense for Philip’s LED marketing department to send out some complimentary bulbs to lamp designers. Turning your critics into proponents of LED lighting will go a long way into improving LED bulb market acceptance. [Inhabitat]

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China To Phase Out Incandescents Because They Consume Too Much Electricity. Next!!

Freedom Light BulbOnce again, China makes an important sustainability decision and you just know it’s going to happen. They don’t screw around – look at how they banned free plastic bags in 2008 and have since reduced their consumption by 40 billion bags a year. Now it’s light bulbs and they’re set to ban the import and sales of 100 watt and higher incandescent bulbs by October 2012 and 60 watts and above by October of 2014. Lets see if the Light Bulb Freedom folks can gain a foothold in China. Good luck because the whole “keep your laws off our light bulbs” doesn’t work over there.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think of China as a model of environmental responsibility. They have their problems. But I sure like how they can make sweeping changes for the greater good and not worry about opposition from every special interest. [the guardian]

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Who’d You Rather: CFL vs LED?

Cleantechnica.com posted an article that once again compares LED lights to CFL’s: LED vs CFL — Which Light Bulb is More Efficient? Its author, Elizabeth Smyth, writes for Precision Paragon – an energy efficient lighting manufacturer. Here are her statistics:

LED vs CFL on CleanTechnica
Ms. Smyth’s article repeatedly stresses that this is a “real world” comparison and based on her results, it seems obvious that 60-watt equivalent CFLs are an easy choice over comparable LEDs. But if you look at the numbers just a little, you’ll see that the pricing she used is pretty extreme – extremely low for CFL’s and high for LED’s. And one other real world factor she did leave out of the comparison is the risk and exposure to mercury vapor which is found in all CFL lights. I used to think it was nonsense until a CFL light bulb broke next to my daughter’s bed. The bulb didn’t just break, it popped and released mercury vapor that could have been inhaled or absorbed through skin.Broken CFL Light BulbSo numbers-schnumbers – make the choice that works best for you and if you do go with CFL’s, be aware of the risks. My daughter now reads to an LED lamp and although it’s not as bright as the CFL, it’s worth sacrificing a little brightness for safety.

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