In lighting news…
With Earth Day approaching in less than a month, this Department of Energy report could not have been more timely. Here is the startling statistic: widespread adoption to LED lighting among Americans would save $120 billion. It would also eliminate the need for 24 new large power plants, and would decrease carbon emissions significantly.
LEDs are also expected to come down in price significantly, so making that change to collectively save $120 billion will not have such high up-front costs. Prices may drop from $30 to $10-20 because the production cost is expected to decrease.
Toshiba halted production of incandescent light bulbs on 3/17, marking a remarkable shift for the company to more energy-efficient products. Toshiba will now focus on producing LEDs.