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DOE study assesses life-cycle costs and benefits of LEDs

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The U.S. Department of Energy has released the results of Part 3 of its inquiry into the total cost of LEDs relative to incandescents and CFLs.  The news is good: LEDs were found to have a “much smaller environmental impact” … Continue reading

NLED hosts its first “Warehouse Warming” party!

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November 15th marked a very important deadline: the last day that San Francisco Energy Watch offered incentives for replacing old T12 tubes with new and efficient T8 lighting.  After racing to complete a LONG list of projects before the deadline, … Continue reading

LED tubes – external versus internal driver

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Post from our very own Lindsay Wood, aka the one-and-only LED Lady! Let’s dive into the difference between internal (integrated) drivers and external drivers for LED tubes. Why does this matter? Because when a client is pitched on the idea … Continue reading

3M enters LED market with very cool product video

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As a retrofitter we find it to be an advantage to be brand neutral, offering the best lamp for a particular solution. That aside – we love this new promo video from 3M, showcasing the inner design of their LED … Continue reading

Executives agree: energy efficiency is “critical” for brand building

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A recently released survey, reSources 2012, found that over 80% of companies believe that reducing their electrical consumption is critical to building their brand.  Furthermore, “more than three-quarters of the organizations surveyed say they are actively promoting their energy efficiency … Continue reading

Cities see big gains in retrofitting lowest-efficiency buildings

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In New York City, a study has found that aging buildings with outdated equipment can consume up to five times the energy of modern buildings of the same size. NYC has been “benchmarking” building energy use since 2009 – San … Continue reading

Incentives for home energy conservation

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Some utility programs are rolling out great new programs to reward energy conservation at home. Some even have neighbors compete with each other for prizes! Full story (via New York Times)

More GATEWAY findings on LED lighting

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Check out the latest findings from the U.S. Department of Energy: http://www1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/ssl/gatewaydemos_results.html These GATEWAY demonstration projects depict a bright future for LED technology. In many of the projects, new LED lamps resulted in energy savings of more than 50%, and … Continue reading

DOE Report on NYC Roadway LED Lighting Demonstration

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Good news. Definite energy and cost savings – looks like improved safety and starrier nights DOE Releases GATEWAY Report on NYC Roadway Lighting Demonstration The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published the final evaluation report from a GATEWAY demonstration … Continue reading

WSJ article on recent legislation on light bulbs

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Turns out, changing a light bulb is harder than it seems. New bulbs using halogen, compact-fluorescent and LED technologies have been sprouting up on store shelves recently. The flurry of products is a result of legislation passed in 2007 that … Continue reading

LEDs coming of age

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Still a ways to go.. but fun to see LEDs gaining traction in even the most demanding of lighting environments. Article on an art gallery retrofit we recently completed, picked up by yahoo news; Green Vantage Solution has made it … Continue reading

New Light E.D. is now powered in part by biodiesel!

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After a long search, New Light has acquired its first van.  We were certain that we wanted to buy a diesel van so we could run biodiesel, but in the San Francisco Bay Area this is not such an easy … Continue reading

U.S. Dept. of Energy Fluorescent Phase Out

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This is an interesting flier that discusses the U.S. DOE’s planned phase out of fluorescent lights, specifically T12 technology which is still used in approximately 30% of commercial businesses in the U.S. The flier also gives answers to commonly asked … Continue reading

National commercial lighting survey

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North America’s number one lighting company, OSRAM SYLVANIA, part of Siemens AG, conducted a survey of more than 350 facilities across the education, health care, hospitality, office and retail sectors. The goal was to see what was happening in the … Continue reading

What to do if you break a CFL

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If you break a CFL bulb the U.S. EPA recommends you take the following steps to protect yourself and the environment. The file also includes a link to help you find a bay area recycling center near you: CFL Recycling … Continue reading

Is it true that mercury vapor and metal halide lights can be hazardous?

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Unfortunately there are associated health risks when these types of lights are damaged. Read this article for safety information – FDA alert.

Recycle your old bulbs!

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This is a recent article about how the U.S. is rapidly shifting from incandescent light bulbs to newer energy-efficient lighting. Unfortunately, this rapid shift is also causing environmental concerns because many of these old bulbs which contain lead are not … Continue reading

One house’s holiday lights: $82,000/month

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A snippet about a house in Delaware with a hefty holiday energy bill. They figured the monthly cost would be $82,000 unless they were using LEDs, which would cost $10,000 a month. Lets hope they invest in LEDs! Full article … Continue reading

Consumer Reports covers energy efficiency

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The October 2010 issue of Consumer Reports reviews the state of energy efficiency in the U.S. and gives recommendations to bring it to the next level.  They also review top CFL lightbulbs, water heaters, and space heaters.  I was talking … Continue reading

We are hiring!

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We have a backlog of work and we’re looking to hire. Please visit our Job Opportunities page. We’re always on the lookout for Sales Partners and Installation Techs committed to a sustainable future.