Simplistic but Powerful: LED Lights and Their Influence on Climate Change

Climate change is, to put it mildly and without conceit, a hot topic. In both public and private industry, concerns about the changes wrought by a disrupted climate often must be factored in when making any future projection: from construction to agriculture, military concerns to the environment we still hope to preserve. But although climate change spreads its metaphorical tentacles across a wide swath of industrial concerns, how could photometric standards factor in?

The answer is simple, and it also elevates one concept in a range of solutions put forth to curb the accumulation of carbon in our atmosphere. LEDs, a benchmark in photometric standards and a place where growth is always possible, have proven to be incredibly useful at cutting carbon emissions. And though lights might not seem like the place to start with climate change, perhaps they deserve a closer look.

LEDs help in an indirect fashion by simply using less power (on a tremendous scale) to light the world around us, and they reduce the amount of coal and oil needed to create said power. We’ve known this basic concept for a while now, but new research from the firm IHS Markit puts it into more bold terms.

According to their calculations, LEDs were responsible for a half-billion ton reduction in carbon deposits in the atmosphere in 2017. And they have the added benefit of cutting carbon use without the always tricky part of imprinting lifestyle changes among world populations. Most people are not even aware that an LED light is powering a lamp, or a stoplight, or a storefront, as opposed to a much less efficient fluorescent or incandescent bulb.

LEDs are currently scaled out pretty well in most public and private places. But the saturation point is very far from being met, and the new innovative uses for LEDs (based on research enabled by photometric standards), moves those goalposts even further. Not only that, but as the developing world creates first generation grids, LEDs can be used as the base power process as opposed to a replacement. LEDs look to just be one tool in the box when it comes to reducing carbon in our climate long-term; it seems however that this will be quite a powerful tool. This technology will make the world more efficient, and less reliant on traditional energy sources, one simple light cell at a time.

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