Lighting as we know it will be completely revolutionized in coming years, according to an executive at the world’s largest lighting company.
“It won’t be long before lights will be embedded in the fixtures,” John Pouland, vice president of government affairs for Philips Lighting told attendees Thursday at an expo hosted by the Environmental and Energy Study Institute. “You won’t actually go buy a bulb – you will buy a lamp fixture,” he said.
The change will come from advancements in LED lighting, as the price for the elements, which can last 20 years, drops, Pouland said.
“The lights will outlast you,” he said. “It will last as long as the fixture.”
He said the change will have an environmental as well as economic impact. “There’s nothing faster, better and cheaper to get this country to reduce its carbon emissions,” he said.
He predicted that bulbs that are now below $10 will drop to a critical $5 price within three to five years, at which point they will saturate the market.
The Energy Department estimates that solid state technology has the potential to cut energy spent on lighting in half.