Green Lighting LED
By Therese Pawlowski
Let's face it: new technology can be confusing.
The first telephone puzzled people used to snail mail and telegrams. And today's smart phone bewilders those of us who just want to call (not to mention the cringe-worthy price we pay for all those apps). Green technology can be just as confusing – and expensive.
But LED lighting offers an easy way to go green and be up-to-date – and it will save you money on energy costs. Aaron Woloszyn, director of sales for Green Lighting LED, based in Erie, said LED bulbs are the most energy-efficient on the planet. An LED bulb uses 1/10 the energy of a traditional incandescent bulb. While an incandescent bulb might use 60 watts, an LED will use 6 to 8 watts.
That's because LEDs – which stands for light-emitting diode – don't scatter light and energy. Electrons move through a semiconductor material which causes a small light to illuminate. A small amount of heat is released backwards, which means a well-made LED light should be cool to touch. LEDs involve very little maintenance as well.
"You just take out the incandescent bulb and put in a new LED one," Woloszyn said. "Then you don't have to worry about it again for years."
A regular LED light bulb usually runs around $15. However, as they can last from 10 to 15 years – 30 times longer than incandescent bulbs. Woloszyn argues the price is worth it in the long run. He said also that Green Lighting offers three to five year warranties on LEDs, and that LEDs are much more durable than incandescent bulbs.
Green Lighting LED has a manufacturing plant in Erie and also uses plants around the world. Some local businesses have even given the green light for LEDs. You might not know it, but when you go into Dahlkemper's Jewelry Connection to buy that I-missed-our-anniversary-apology rock, the soft lighting you're panicking in is produced by LEDs.
"Ed Dahlkemper [store owner] called me and said his energy bill dropped 60 to 70 percent, and he received a rebate from the energy company in Pa.," Woloszyn said.
Other than – hopefully – cheaper diamonds, this means you could save money on your energy costs by switching to LEDs, too. And LEDs are constantly advancing, which means you won't be stuck with too dim or ugly lighting. Woloszyn said ways to produce cheaper and brighter LEDs are constantly being found, and Green Lighting offers LEDs in anything from traditional light bulbs to stylish dimmable lighting. LED lighting also puts less into landfills. They contain no mercury and can be recycled, making them a truly easy way to go green.
For more information on LEDs and how to purchase them from Green Lighting LED, check out their website, call 897-8870, or visit the Erie location at 130 W 8th St. on the Gannon University campus.
Website and Contact Information
130 W 8th St.
Gannon University Campus