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Nov 12, 2020

Energy Efficient Lighting

Is The New Standard

Energy-efficient lighting is no longer a rare or uncommon novelty – it’s well established.

Now that they’ve been on the market for over a decade, energy efficient LEDs are the new standard for both residential and commercial spaces. LED lights are essential in new homes. Older homes, restaurants, and businesses are upgrading to stay current and take advantage of environmental and financial benefits. Widespread adoption of LED lighting could result in over $30 billion in energy savings in the United States by 2027.

At first, the higher cost of energy-efficient lighting alternative just that – a costlier option. The prices were too high for small business and residential customers. Their cool color temperatures were less suitable for comfortable homes, hotels, restaurants and offices.

Today’s energy efficient LEDS have greatly improved in efficiency, performance and cost. They have become a new standard in lighting because they are more affordable now than ever, deliver an excellent ROI, and offer aesthetic appeal that often exceeds traditional incandescent lighting.

The lighting industry is evolving to meet consumer demand for energy efficient bulbs. As environmental concerns grow, consumers are weighing eco-friendliness more and more as they decide on lighting fixtures and bulbs. 

LED bulbs have won over both eco-conscious and budget-conscious consumers, making them a mainstay in contemporary lighting. 

Energy Efficient Lighting Benefits:

Save Energy

Traditional incandescent bulbs waste as much as 90% of the energy they produce as heat. That means only 10% of their energy is given off as light, while the rest is not used for illumination. Conversely, energy efficient light bulbs waste very little energy as heat, which helps them consume less energy overall and last decades longer. 


Save Money 

Energy conservation helps decrease our use of natural resources and benefits the environment. It’s also great for your bottom line operating costs. ENERGY STAR rated lighting products use at least 75% less energy, which translates to major energy bill savings. So while LEDs may cost a bit more upfront, they almost always pay for themselves through savings in the end. 

If you’re wondering how much you could save by updating to LED lights, check out TCP’s ROI calculator. More often than not, the upfront investment in LED lighting pays for itself in energy savings over time. Input your own information, and find out how much you could save!

Save the Environment

Slightly behind transportation, electricity production is the second greatest producer of greenhouse gasses in the United States, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA). These greenhouse gasses trap heat in the atmosphere and warm the planet. 

Reducing electricity usage with energy-efficient LED bulbs can have a significant positive impact on the health of our planet. In fact, widespread LED lighting use has the greatest potential impact on energy conservation in the United States. 




LEDs (light emitting diodes) and CFLs (compact fluorescent lights) are both considered energy efficient. In comparison to incandescent bulbs, they both provide significant energy savings. However, LED bulbs are by far the most energy efficient lighting option. 

Compact fluorescent bulbs are created using a condensed, compact version of the fluorescent tube lights commonly seen in offices, hospitals, and retail establishments. Like incandescent bulbs, they use a filament to create light.

LEDs, on the other hand, produce light by passing an electric current through a diode, rather than a filament. Contemporary LED technology allows LEDs to produce even, bright light that is both aesthetically pleasing and healthy for the eyes. LEDs also have a superior color rendering index (CRI) compared to both incandescent lights and CFLs, which means they reveal color with high accuracy. A high CRI is important if you want your furniture, paint, and products to look true to color. 

Compared to incandescents, CFL Light Bulbs

  • Use 50-75% less energy
  • Last 10 times longer

Compared to incandescents, LED Light Bulbs

  • Use 75-90% less energy
  • Last 25 times longer

While CFLs and LEDs are both good energy efficient lighting options – choose LEDs to  if you want to maximize your savings and minimize your environmental impact, choose LEDs.


energy-star-logoENERGY STAR is a program run by the United State Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) to promote energy efficiency for the benefit of the environment. The program provides simple, credible, unbiased information to help consumers and businesses make decisions. When you see the ENERGY STAR label on a product, you can trust that it meets high standards of energy efficiency.

Since it began in 1992, ENERGY STAR and its partners helped American families reduce over 3.5 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions—the equivalent of over 750 million cars. The energy savings translate into financial savings, too. In 2018, the program helped Americans avoid $35 billion in energy costs. 

TCP is ENERGY STAR Certified

TCP has worked hard to reach ENERGY STAR certification for our products. We are proud to partner with ENERGY STAR to continue working toward clean energy goals and preserving the environment. 

Achieving ENERGY STAR certification requires extensive testing to meet requirements, even before application submission. ENERGY STAR certified products are also subject to random testing throughout the year to ensure they continue to meet high quality and energy efficiency standards. 

ENERGY STAR light bulbs require a total of 3,000 hours worth of test data to reach certification. This test data must prove that a product meets criteria metrics in a number of categories. These categories include photometric performance, lumen maintenance and rated life, and electrical performance.

When you think of ENERGY STAR lighting, think of TCP. As leaders in the LED lighting industry, we work hard to surpass ourselves at all times. In a rapidly changing lighting market, we know that consumers want cleaner, greener energy, and that’s what we’re committed to delivering in partnership with ENERGY STAR. 

Talk to TCP About Our Energy Efficient Lighting

Ready to upgrade your lighting to the new energy efficient standard? Contact TCP to discuss how to save energy and reduce costs with LED lighting.

TCP experts will show you the process from start to finish and direct you toward the best ENERGY STAR certified lighting products for your unique needs. 

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