Industrial News
15 September 2011

CREE Lights the Way

The future's so bright, I gotta wear shades. And it's illuminated by brilliant, power-saving, unbreakable LED lights.

LED maker Cree (Nasdaq: CREE) showed us how possible that future is by reporting a blowout quarter Tuesday night. The stock has risen by 15% since the announcement. The business drivers are plentiful here, starting with the mainstream concern about environmental issues and a need to reduce power usage everywhere we look.

15 September 2011

Energy Star

ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.

Results are already adding up. Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, saved enough energy in 2008 alone to avoid greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from 29 million cars — all while saving $19 billion on their utility bills.

By March, Falls could be lighting its way to green savings.

The board recently awarded a $25,318 contract to Armour and Sons Electric for the purchase and installation of 22 LED streetlights for five township roadways.

15 September 2011

The LED Light Bulb

As of 2010, only a few LED light bulb options are available as replacements for the ordinary household incandescent or compact fluorescent light bulb. One drawback of the existing LED bulbs is that they offer limited brightness, with the brightest bulbs equivalent to a 45-60 W incandescent bulb. Most LED bulbs are not able to be dimmed, and their brightness retains some directionality. The bulbs are also expensive, costing $40–50 per bulb, whereas the ordinary incandescent bulb costs less than a dollar. However, these bulbs are slightly more power efficient than the compact fluorescent bulbs and offer extraordinary lifespans of 30,000 or more hours.