I was over at friend, Cliff’s house last night. He showed me his new LED light bulbs. They’re awesome. Nice spectrum, smaller than a regular bulb, plenty of light, no observable strobe effect from the power supply, and IIRC they used only 1.5 Watts. Cool to the touch after being on for hours.
But wait. This is the North. With the low temps this Spring, we’re still heating our homes. Therefore any reduction in the heat output of your lighting and other appliances has to be made up, one for one, by the home heating system. Zero energy savings until we get warmer weather (outdoor lighting is of course exempt from this issue – any reduction in consumption means direct energy savings).
That means there will be maybe 120 days this year in which your ultra efficient indoor lighting pays off anything in this region. Remember that when making your pay-off calculations.
Cliff is in the stage production supply business. He showed me some of the new LED Par cans (stage lighting, in this case also computer [MIDI] controlled). Stage lighting can be brutal on the performers, since even with the biggest, most powerful sound systems, it is the lighting that traditionally used the majority of the electrical power. That’s why you’ve so often seen performers soaked in sweat. We’ve been running the old, hot cans, and then running clusters of fans to try keeping the performers halfway comfortable. With these new LED cans, it’s going to be much, much nicer to be on stage, and we won’t need to have the sometimes difficult to accommodate power requirements in our performance contracts. This particular model also changes color by switching the LEDs, something like the way a color video display uses the different color pixels, which means no more screwing around with color gels.
Technology is wonderful, just so long as we keep the retarded politicians (but I repeat myself) out of our business. Let them shovel shit instead. With some training in shit shoveling, maybe they could be of some small service to humanity. I’ve done it. It can be quite important at times.