Around the world some of the biggest of the major cities are making a big change to their infrastructure; they’re replacing light bulbs. Now while that might not seem like the perfect way to save energy it actually is on the planning books for many countries that are energy starved and need to cut consumption. It seems that the vast majority of our beloved light bulbs are highly inefficient and wasteful and so need to be replaced.
And lest you think that we’re talking about a few lights bulbs let’s take a count. OK let’s not. We’re talking about BILLIONS of light bulbs worldwide that are in the process of being changed out. The fact is, that’s only in a few of the 1st world nations. If they entire world was actually making the change to the newer, energy efficient bulbs that have been created we’d be talking about TRILLIONS of incandescent bulbs that light countless people’s homes, offices and lives.
California is taking the initiative to every part of their fine state and recently the 13 lampposts that surround the park near the Los Angeles City hall were changed out. They had the older type, 130 watt high pressure bulbs and these were replaced with 27 watt LED lamps that were developed by a company called LEDtronics, Inc.
Now you might not think that the energy savings here is all that important but the fact is that this is being done on a large scale. The 103 watt savings per bulb found here will be multiplied thousands of times as other parks, building, schools, high-rise buildings and of course homes make the switch to the newer, more energy efficient bulbs.
Not only will the new bulbs save energy but in fact will reduce light pollution, reduce bulb replacement and maintenance costs, improve regular visibility and also help people to see better at night. Not a bad set of great extras you must admit.
One final silver lining is this; these newer bulbs for outside lamps don’t emit ultraviolet light, the type of light ray that attracts mosquitoes, moths and other insects. Yes, these bulbs will actually keep bugs away rather than attract them, and that makes the change to these more efficient bulbs OK in my book. (And the energy saving too, of course. I just hate bugs.)