LED Lamps to Provide $100 Billion in Global Energy Savings

THE widespread adoption of retrofit LED lamps will create global energy savings worth $100 billion over the next five years, according to a recent report from IMS Research.

Although the use of LED lamps for general lighting is not currently widespread, IMS Research report Opportunities for Power Components in LED Lighting that revealed that a rapid uptake of retrofit LED lamps will result in a potential market of more than 4 billion units by 2016.  Whilst adoption is currently driven largely by legislation, it is forecast to accelerate as consumers become more aware of the long term savings that are attainable when compared with competing lighting technologies. 

Report Co-Author and Senior Market Analyst Ryan Sanderson commented, “The environmental impact that global adoption of LED lighting will have is colossal. Lighting accounts for approximately 19 percent of the world’s energy use at present. IMS Research predicts that in 2016 around 15 percent of all lighting will be accounted for by LED, which would reduce global energy consumption of lighting by around 20 percent.”

Retrofit LED lamps use a fraction of the power of incandescent lamps to provide a similar luminance.

The report from IMS Research forecasts that in 2012 alone, the use of retrofit LED lamps in place of incandescent lamps will result in energy savings of more than 30 gigawatt hours. By 2016, with widespread adoption of retrofit LED lamps, these savings are forecast to reach more than 300 GW.  It is calculated that the five-year cumulative total will be more than 800 GW, worth more than $100 billion.

Report Co-Author and Market Analyst Jonathon Eykyn commented, “To generate the 800 GW of energy in 2016 years you would need to run more than 50 nuclear power stations at full capacity.  At a time when the world is struggling to balance the use of more sustainable power sources with the need to provide access to low cost power sources to support economic growth, LED lighting could be a large part of the solution.”

Picture of LED Bulbs by Geoffrey.landis at en.wikipedia [CC-BY-3.0], from Wikimedia Commons

Thursday 21st June 2012


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