From Brittany Mauriss on October 05, 2009 in CalFinder News
Meet LED, the god of all light bulbs. You’ve probably heard of LED lighting used in extravagant luxury mansions for such important things as light-up furniture, glow-in-the-dark floor tiles and neon shower heads (aka things that really don’t need to be lit). But did you know that this seemingly wasteful decor may actually be greener than your own bedroom lamp? It seems too ironic to be true. But as our friends at the Little Green Blog point out, the green technology’s there - we need only take advantage of it. LEDs can long outlast your old incandescent or CFL light bulbs, and with comparable lighting quality for less energy use. This post is incredibly informative. I feel like I’m sneaking around behind the government’s back by sharing this with you. All LEDs only require 3-4 volts DC, but nearly every home in America pumps out 110-120 volts per electrical outlet. Where does that excess energy go? It’s lost in the conversion. We shouldn’t be tied to a high-voltage energy grid. As solar power and more LED products become available, I hope that we’ll do away with dirty energy once and for all.