Philips is looking to change the game for LED lights, which have traditionally offered long term savings at a high initial cost (as much as $50 and up). However, as far as brightness, LED bulbs just have not yet been able live up to their incandescent cousins (only being able to emit light equivalent to that of a 60-watt incandescent).
Phillips recently announced,as shared in this NYT post, that later this year, it will market a new LED lamp, the EnduraLED A21, that will retail for about $40 and emit equivalent light as a 75-watt incandescent.
Through new technologies in retail items, such as these light bulbs, it is important for people to know the information surrounding them, such as the initial cost of a new kind of technology and the potential for savings in both money and energy use—just the kind of information that Dialogue Earth aims to deliver.
I’d also like to note that there are programs that offer incentives to subsidize the cost associated with changing over to more efficient lighting, such as the Commercial Lighting Program, offered by Xcel energy through a joint effort with the Minnesota Center for Energy and Environment.
It is conceivable one day, that our Pulse tool will be able to be used for viewing public sentiment across important topics similar to the question of whether people are preferring traditional incandescent light bulbs, or if they like the idea of switching to LED lights and why.More »