Market Research and Insight

Keeping streets lit at night can end up costing a city a significant amount of money in energy and maintenance expenses over time. And with governments almost everywhere looking to cut budgets these days, municipalities are exploring a variety of ways to lower their streetlighting bills. In the US... Read more
Is “Change your lightbulbs” really a useful answer to the energy and climate challenges we face? While it sounds almost trite today from an individual perspective, switching to more efficient lighting technologies really can make a big difference in energy, money and carbon savings when done on a large... Read more
As the old saying goes, there’s more than one way to skin a cat. And the same applies to methods for flaying a government regulation you don’t like. That seems to be the case for US House Republicans who, according to a report released yesterday, have yet to meet... Read more
“Smarter” street lighting could help Japan manage its energy use better while ensuring safety in public spaces at night … two areas of especially great concern in the wake of the deadly earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster that hit the country earlier this year. Just such an intelligent street... Read more
A growing number of business owners are coming to understand that energy-saving, efficient technology is good for the bottom line. But at a time when enterprises — commercial or otherwise — are watching every penny, it can be hard to justify the upfront expense, even when such improvements more... Read more
The Northern Canadian Tsay Keh Dene First Nation is turning to solar-powered LED (light-emitting diode) lighting to illuminate an airfield that serves a remote village in British Columbia. The new lights from Carmanah Technologies will help supply and medevac aircraft that fly into and out of the village airfield.... Read more
A light-emitting diode (LED) bulb designed to replace the standard — and energy-inefficient — 60-watt incandescent light bulb from Philips Lighting North America has won a lighting innovation L Prize from the US Department of Energy (DOE). The Bright Tomorrow Lighting Prize, as the award is otherwise known, was... Read more
Over the next 16 months, GE Lighting expects to roll out a full line of energy-efficient light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs designed to replace inefficient incandescent light bulbs. First out will be the dimmable 13-watt GE Energy Smart LED, set to be available in November as a replacement for 60-watt... Read more
Three cities in India are installing LED (light-emitting diode) lamps as part of a global effort to switch to better, more energy-efficient lighting. Thane, Kolkata and Haldia have all joined The Climate Group’s global LED project and are working to replace existing streetlights with longer-lasting, high-efficiency LEDs. Kolkata expects... Read more
The good news for US energy efficiency is that an effort to repeal legislation mandating more efficient light bulbs failed this week in a vote in the House of Representatives. The bad news is that, had the repeal effort not required a two-thirds majority, the measure would have passed... Read more