LED Lighting Fixtures: LEDs Coming of Age

TreeHugger has been waiting and waiting for LEDs to replace common lightbulbs in normal fixtures, and we've found a few, but widespread adoption and use has been a bit spotty. However, things like salmon sperm continue to help improve the technology, and the super-efficient bulbs are becoming more widely available, even in previously hard-to-find configuration like recessed can lighting.

Today's case in point: a restaurant in Massachusetts, who replaced their incandescent lighting (picture above) that consumed 5,135 Watts (65 W per bulb) with LEDs (pic below the fold) that consume 948 Watts (12W per bulb), courtesy of LED Lighting Fixture, Inc.'s LR6 6-inch recessed can fixture that screws right in to the socket. As noted over at Green Talk, they aren't a solve-all silver bullet; the bulbs don't work with all dimmers and fixtures just yet (here's a list of compatible fixtures) and are pretty spendy up front at $85. The bucks nearly stop there, though.According to the company, "On average in the United States, running a 65-watt light for 50,000 hours would cost $325 in electricity alone. Because the LR6 uses only 12 watts, running the light for 50,000 hours will cost only $60 under the same scenario. In addition, you will no longer spend time or money replacing lights. Over the lifetime of one LR6, you will save $265 dollars or more on your electric bill alone." Wow.

For more technical information, see the LR6 specification sheet. The company's future plans include the introduction of sister light, the LR4, which is a four inch bulb for new construction and new recessed lights. ::LED Lighting Fixture, Inc. via ::Hugg and ::Green Talk

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...and the recessed fixture responsible for the light.

Tags: Energy Efficiency | Green Building | Lighting

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