Solid-State Lighting

Last week we talked about the finances surrounding the purchase/building of a new home.  This week we will focus on various energy saving components that in residential construction are rapidly becoming main stream.

The United States is the world leader in developing Solid State Lighting (SSL).  Most of us know Solid State Lighting as LED’s.

The US Department of Energy calculates that over the past fifteen years the use of SSL has saved more than $2.8 Billion dollars.  That was with a “B”.  The use of SSL is a perfect example of Technology making a significant contribution:

  • Environmental – the less energy we use the less the impact on our environment.  Not only does this make financial sense it also is the right thing to do.
  • Economy – our economy benefits greatly as we are the world’s leader in SSL technology.
  • Jobs – as SSL grows greatly it will become an increasingly important source of jobs for Americans.

Further, the US Department of Energy (DOE) estimates that by 2035 the amount of electricity used for lighting will be reduced by 75%.  That is a huge step in the right direction. 

The Department of Energy is funding selected projects across the United States to discover and improve new and better technologies for Solid State Lighting.  From Georgia to California and back to Virginia the research projects are continuing.

We would like to thank The DOE for allowing us to quote their work.

It was November 1878 when Thomas Edison first filed for a patent for his incandescent light bulb. From his laboratory in Menlo Park, New Jersey the ubiquitous light bulb has come a long way.  I’ve been to that laboratory, it’s a fascinating museum and another of Edison’s labs was in West Orange, also very interesting.

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