Why Fluorescent Lighting Isn’t Dead

Greentech Media published a great blog post yesterday titled “Why Fluorescent Lighting Isn’t Dead.”  The post featured the opinions of energy-efficient lighting expert Francis Rubinstein.

We publish a number of articles about LED lighting on this blog, and are probably a little guilty of failing to grant sufficient coverage to fluorescent lighting and how much its technology has improved over the years.

The article is an excellent read.  I couldn’t do it justice with a simple summary, so head over to Greentech Media to check it out!  In the meantime, here’s an interesting quote I pulled from Francis Rubinstein:

Until research drives the cost of LEDs down substantially, the greatest potential for improvements in lighting energy efficiency will come from combining advanced lighting controls with hybrid [fluorescent and LED] lighting systems, and designing the lighting to fit the space and occupant requirements in which they’re used.

Emily Widle

Emily Widle

Emily graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a degree in journalism. She enjoys scouring the news to report on the latest in the lighting industry as well as bringing valuable remodeling tips and exemplar home projects to light.

  • Gary

    > “Until research drives the cost of LEDs down substantially,”

    I agree that sticker shock is a big influence. But the TCO (total cost of ownership) even at today’s prices seems to say that LEDs are a good investment.

    What troubles me though is that I’ve read that cooling of the new super bright LEDs is a problem. Especially where air conditioning is not an option during the hot summer months and ambient temperatures can get to the upper 90sF.