If CFLs are the current wave of energy efficient lighting, LEDs promise to be the next one. Some cities and industries have already started adopting LEDs. All such actions help reduce the burden on power grids and when adopted widely, can potentially reduce carbon emissions.
Fourth Holiday Light Exchange in Toronto Sets Records
December 13, 2007… Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited (“Toronto Hydro”), in partnership with the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas (TABIA) and the City of Toronto’s Cavalcade of Lights, has concluded another successful neighborhood Festive Light Exchange program. Thousands of Toronto residents exchanged two old sets of incandescent seasonal lights for one new set of energy-efficient LED (Light Emitting Diode) lights, slashing 2 Megawatts from Toronto’s power grid. Toronto Hydro set a record this year for the number strings of old and inefficient holiday lights people brought in to be taken off of the grid and recycled. The company also set a record for the number of LED light strings it gave out to residents. People from 21 communities brought about 15,000 old holiday lighting strings to be taken off the grid and recycled. This is nearly twice the 8,000 holiday light strings collected in 2006. Toronto Hydro gave out about 10,000 LED light strings. This is enough to power about 500- 600 houses.