LED lighting trial begins at UNC Charlotte
Posted on 25 Jul 2008 by Justin Ritchie
Starting on Wednesday, July 30th, UNC Charlotte’s energy efficiency upgrades will shine brighter than ever as the first LED lights on campus are installed in the West Deck (between Belk Gym and the Track and Field Complex). Intended as a trial of the technology, the LED lighting will be tested for possible further expansion.
LED lights are the ideal solution to reducing energy consumption in a cost efficient manner. As much as 22% percent of the energy in the US is used for lighting, while 90% of the energy used in a lightbulb is wasted as heat. CFLs contain trace amounts of mercury that can harm humans and the environment, but LEDs can last twice as long as CFLs with no harmful side effects. A downside, however, is that LED technology has only been applicable to large-scale lighting since 2006, so the receptacles are currently expensive and hard to find.
Installations like these are the first step in a long-needed overhaul of US energy infrastructure. It is oustanding to see that UNC Charlotte is leading the way.