A Light Read
May 25, 2011

LED prices to drop by half in 5 years
The cost of efficient yet pricey LED light bulbs could fall by 50 percent in the next five years, according to the top Philips Lighting executive. Because of the efficiency and other features LED lighting offers, Philips Lighting is rapidly pushing into LEDs for both commercial and residential lighting, Zia Eftekhar, CEO of Philips Lighting North America, said. The company projects that by 2015, 50 percent of its sales will be from LED lighting. It projects that figure would grow to 75 percent by 2020, a rate that's higher than the rest of the lighting industry, he said.More

LEDs the shining star at Lightfair International
The Philadelphia Inquirer
First they took over radios. Then televisions, stereos, watches, toys, telephones, computers and just about everything else. So is it any wonder that semiconductors are threatening to transform the lighting industry? That's the lesson of Lightfair International, where light-emitting diodes were the obvious stars of the show.More

Tripping the light fantastic at LightFair
Consumer Reports
A leap in lighting occurred at the LightFair International trade show, changing from disposable to durable. If you looked hard enough, you could find CFLs and some with a new twist, such as TCP's bulbs with a claimed life of 20,000 hours, a first that's soon to hit stores, according to Thomas Pfeiffer, a TCP marketing channel managerMore

Philips announces the world's first LED replacement for the 75-watt bulb
Philips unveiled the world's first LED replacement for the 75-watt incandescent light bulb. The new Philips EnduraLED A21 17-watt light bulb is the first LED equivalent to 75-watt incandescent bulbs, and it will consume 80 percent less energy than its outdated predecessor. The EnduraLED A21 17-watt uses the company's high-power, next-generation LUXEON LEDs. This new technology was developed to meet or exceed Energy Star qualifications. More

Ballast controller first to support choice of power circuitry
New Electronics
STMicroelectronics has announced a "breakthrough" energy saving device for fluorescent lighting. The semiconductor specialist says its new ballast controller is capable of reducing design time and costs, and will fulfill the requirements of energy saving regulations such as Energy Star.More

DOE announces advanced energy design guides
The U.S. Department of Energy announced the release of the first Advanced Energy Design Guide to assist architects and engineers in the design of energy efficient office buildings. The guide is part of the "50 percent series" — named as such with the goal of achieving 50 percent energy savings compared to standard commercial building energy codes.More

Offshore wind transmission 'backbone' clears hurdle
ClimateWire via The New York Times
The Atlantic Wind Connection, a visionary $6 billion plan to build a transmission backbone for offshore wind farms off the mid-Atlantic coast, succeeded in getting one obstacle removed from its hurdle-filled path. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved an above-market 12.59 percent return on equity as an incentive to move the project forward. At the same time, FERC said it will ask for industry comments on the case-by-case approach the commission has followed with its program to give incentives to major, higher-risk transmission projects, a policy mandated by Congress in 2005.More

Renewables could provide nearly 80 percent of global energy by 2050
FM Link
Nearly 80 percent of the global energy supply could be met by renewables by 2050 if backed by the correct public policies, a new United Nations report asserts. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report indicates that the rising adoption of renewable energies could lead to cumulative greenhouse gas savings equivalent to 220-560 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide between 2010 and 2050. More