Switching traditional lighting to LED is not a new concept, but the immense energy-saving benefits continue to be either misunderstood or overlooked. Most people are now aware that LED lighting is more energy-efficient than conventional lighting—at least 50% more efficient, in fact—but the full potential of what can be achieved remains unrealized.
For a start, connecting LEDs and managing them via a software-based lighting management system raises increases energy savings to as much as 80%. Cities account for 78% of global energy consumption, with 40% of that being lighting-related. If every city in the EU27 switched to energy-efficient connected LED, the member states would save enough energy to power 55 million electric cars every single year.
But energy savings are just one side of the coin. The scenario described above would generate cost savings of over €65 billion. Imagine how much good that money could do for families struggling to stay afloat.
These are lofty figures, and perhaps too big to fully comprehend. But even if you scale the scenarios down, the potential is too obvious to ignore. Switching all lighting to LED in a city of 200,000 inhabitants, for example, would prevent around 18,000 tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere per year—roughly the amount of carbon sequestered in a year by 850,000 trees.
Switching to energy-efficient LED is truly the most immediate and significant impact you can make in the fight against climate change.