All around the world, individuals and businesses are starting to switch to LEDs in order to take advantage of their lower energy consumption and the reduced electricity costs that come with it. In 2011, 40% of domestic lights sold were LEDs. Governments around the world are also choosing to make the switch. 2 million LED luminaires were installed to provide lighting for tunnels and roadways in 2012. Municipal governments in many countries are working together with businesses in the lighting industry to make cities greener with the help of LED lighting solutions for public spaces.
A decade or more ago, experts were examining America’s consumption of world resources and in particular energy. The study revealed that despite making up barely 5% of the world’s population, America was consuming 20% of its energy. The question asked by this experts was not how to curb American excess, but what if China, with its 1.5 billion inhabitants consumed at the same rate as the world’s number 1 economy.
Today we are steadily getting closer to that point, but in terms of lighting at least, there is a solution. In 2015, India launched the Domestic Efficient Lighting Programme or DELP which was designed to distribute 770 million LED light bulbs to houses across the country in order to reduce energy usage. Are LEDs the solution to global energy consumption? This article investigates.
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