WARREN (WWJ) — High-tech lighting in Michigan is a really bright idea.
Just ask any of the 250-plus attendees Tuesday who jammed the Electrical Industry Training Center in Warren for the Michigan Advanced Lighting Conference.
The advanced lighting industry offers huge benefits for the Michigan economy, the environment, and building owners and managers, speakers said.
Morning keynoter John “Jack” Curran, a high-tech lighting consultant for the U.S. Department of Energy, noted that there are two billion light sockets in America. And just about all of them can be replaced with an advanced light bulb — compact flourescent, LED or other technologies — that use far less energy.
An LED replacement for a 60-watt incandescent bulb, for instance, uses just 9 watts, Curran said. Multiply that by two billion and you’re talking a huge impact on energy use and carbon footprint.