Building Illumination Ignites Advanced Lighting
The overall cost of illumination will drop as the developed world adopts advanced lighting technologies, says Lux
July 07, 2010 10:08 AM Eastern Daylight Time
BOSTON--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Conventional illumination systems represent more than 20% of the
energy footprint of today’s buildings and account for $174 billion in electricity costs. Those dim figures have a
brighter future, however, as advanced light sources and controls increasingly phase out conventional means of
illumination. By 2020, advanced fluorescent lamps, light emitting diodes (LEDs), and automated control technologies
will help reduce estimated energy usage for direct lighting by 60%, according to a new report from Lux Research.
Further, improved efficiencies will drive related energy costs down to $119 billion even as the developed world
expands its building space by approximately 11.3 billion ft2 per year.
The report, titled “The Future is so Bright: Energy, Carbon, and Cost Savings through Better Lighting,” forecasts
adoption rates of advanced lighting technology, and determines the energy, cost, and carbon savings over all major
application and building types. It projects that building illumination will see a 15% decline in electricity demand – a
development that will affect the lighting industry, ripple through the conventional utility market, and have a profound
impact on power generation and even HVAC system providers.
“If you want to improve a building’s energy efficiency, lighting is the first thing you should look at because it’s
comparatively easy and inexpensive to update,” said Michael LoCascio, a Senior Analyst for Lux Research, and the
report’s lead author. “With the potential cost savings that new technologies like LEDs afford, advanced building
illumination is on track for rapid and sizeable adoption, which spells opportunities across markets.”
To prepare the report, Lux Research analysts interviewed lighting supplie