SWITCH ADVANCED LIGHTING FACTS

  • Thomas Edison originally invented the Incandescent light bulb in 1879 and its design has remained virtually the same since.
  • Incandescent light bulbs convert 90% of the electrical energy into heat.
  • Life of the Incandescent light bulb is relatively short (2,000 to 5,000 hours), it changes color when dimmed, not very durable, requires regular maintenance, and impacts comfort.
  • Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) contains mercury and all fluorescent lamps and tubes emit some UV radiation.
  • According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), 17% of total power production is consumed for the purpose of lighting in both Residential & commercial applications.
  • In 2008, the province of Alberta consumed 3.9 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity to light both residential and commercial sites.
  • Switching to Solid State Lighting provides several benefits: reduced maintenance cost due to longer life and rugged design (>50,000 hours), enhanced human comfort by reducing the light flicker and complete UV elimination.
  • If Alberta alone converted Commercial and Residential lighting applications to solid-state lighting, the energy efficiency in lighting power savings can easily be 60%. As a result, Albertans can enjoy an annual reduction in their provincial CO2 emissions of 1.9 million metric tones per year. This can easily grow to over 3.2 million metric tones of CO2 per year by Year 2029.
  • CO2 emissions of 1.9 million metric tones per year is equivalent to the carbon dioxide emissions of over 300.000 cars annually.
  • If the same energy saving due to solid-state lighting can be can be realized by other Industrial sectors across North America, we can potentially enjoy over 300 times Alberta’s potential of annual reductions in CO2 emissions!
  • Nikola Tesla demonstrated the first electrodeless lighting in the 1890’s as a better alternative to incandescent lamps. Topanga perfected this technology in the early 2010’s with APL.
  • A single APL source, smaller than the US quarter, can produce up to 48,000 lumens of brilliant white light.
  • The average APL installation reduces CO2 emissions by 60 tons per year. That is equivalent to removing ten vehicles from the road.
  • Because APL’s directionality causes all of its light to be directed toward the area needing illumination, there are no optical losses from light going in the wrong direction. In most applications, APL luminaries can achieve greater than 90% optical efficiency into the desired light distribution.
  • APL is the only high-intensity light source that can be dimmed almost instantly to 20% of light output by dimmers or daylight sensors.
  • APL is the only high-intensity light source that can be dimmed rapidly to 20% of light output by dimmers or daylight sensors. Dimmed light output reduces energy costs and actually lengthens the life of the plasma lamp beyond the rated 50,000 hours.