America’s Light Bulb Revolution – March 8, 2019
Faculty Director Lucas Davis is quoted in the New York Times discussing the shift in light bulb usage by households. Consumers are becoming more aware of the benefits of switching to LEDs, and Davis analyzes the significant savings that come with this.
“‘The switch to more efficient lighting has been relatively rapid’, Dr. Davis said, ‘because of the short lifespan of traditional light bulbs. While consumers may replace an old refrigerator or dishwasher with an energy-saving model once a decade, incandescent bulbs last only about a year before they need replacing.
And that replacement yields huge relative savings. When you take out incandescent light bulbs and replace them with LEDs, the amount of electricity you consume goes down more than 80 percent,’ Dr. Davis said. ‘There’s nothing else like that.’”