Switching a conventional light to an LED equivalent is a fast, low-cost intervention that saves energy from the moment it’s done. The lamps last longer, cost less to run, contribute fewer emissions, and offer superior control. And yet, 35% of the world’s light points are still using outdated conventional lights. Ironically, individual consumers are leading the way, often adopting LED faster than many businesses and governments.
If businesses and cities around the globe join the “green switch” to LED lighting, we can collectively reduce our carbon footprint by more than 500 million tons of CO2, the amount of emissions that 25 billion trees could sequester in a year. Making the switch would also generate electricity savings of 1,132 TWh – that's the annual consumption of more than twice the number of households in Europe.1
The impact of efficient lighting is huge, but time is short. Each of us not only needs to act to reduce our own carbon footprint in any way possible, but also to encourage the businesses we work for and the cities we live in to do the same.
1Data presented here is a simulation within the framework of the Green Switch conventional light point conversion model, which is a program run by Signify to help its customers accelerate the switch to energy-efficient lighting products, systems and services. All figures and data presented here are illustrative and based on forecasts and assumptions.