LED Task Lighting and Sustainability
What does sustainability really mean? We think the World Commission on Environment and Development (the Brundtland Commission) got it right back in the 1980s:
“Meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations
to meet their own needs.”1
What does LED task lighting have to do with sustainability?
At LittleFootprint Lighting, we think it can help us all take important steps toward
a more sustainable life.
- LED bulbs: Our bulbs save energy in several ways. First, LED bulbs use
less energy than incandescent, halogen or compact fluorescent bulbs –
and last longer, too! Further, they produce much less heat than other
bulbs, which helps save energy because buildings then need less air
conditioning. Less energy used means fewer greenhouse gases in our atmosphere.
- Product design: We’ve designed our LED task lighting to be as green as possible. In general, products designed from recycled materials require less energy to produce than those made from virgin materials.2 By sourcing our materials in California, where we’re based, we save even more energy by reducing transportation costs. We’ve even designed our LED task lamps with the switch between the plug and the internal power supply, to keep them from being “energy vampires.” When you turn off one of our lamps, it’s really off.
- Business processes: We’re doing our part to fight climate change. We measure our carbon footprint and try to keep it as small as possible, and by 2011 we plan to begin purchasing carbon offsets to neutralize any greenhouse gases created in the operation of our business.
For further information, please visit our product life cycle page.
2 See http://www.hss.energy.gov/pp/data_entry/pptrs/uploaded_files/AL-2004-18/7th%20Annual%20ARD%20final%20Oct2004.pdf, slide 7; and http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Environmentandgreenerliving/Greenerhomeandgarden/Greenershopping/DG_064382.