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  • Writer's pictureSarah Whiteford

Fact Friday: LED Lighting

A Semi-submersible by night. Photo Credit: Private Collection.

Here at OneStep Power we are all about innovation, and LED lighting is a great innovation.

We thought we'd take a couple of minutes to highlight some of our favourite stats about LEDs.

Not only is there a reduction of energy use of up to 75% when compared to incandescent lightbulbs, There is also an associated maintenance and time reduction because the lights last longer and the fixtures aren’t subject to the heat of the older lighting. Energy.Gov estimates LEDs will “use at least 75% less energy, and last 25 times longer, than incandescent lighting."

"The first visible-spectrum LED was invented by Nick Holonyak, Jr., while working for GE in 1962. Since then, the technology has rapidly advanced and costs have dropped tremendously, making LEDs a viable lighting solution. Between 2011 and 2012, global sales of LED replacement bulbs increased by 22 percent while the cost of a 60-watt equivalent LED bulb fell by nearly 40 percent. By 2030, it's estimated that LEDs will account for 75 percent of all lighting sales." (source:

Widespread use of LED lighting has the greatest potential impact on energy savings in the United States. By 2027, widespread use of LEDs could save about 348 TWh (compared to no LED use) of electricity: This is the equivalent annual electrical output of 44 large electric power plants (1000 megawatts each), and a total savings of more than $30 billion at today's electricity prices.” (source:

What about on a vessel? Estimates of lighting conversion projects will vary based on the size of the vessel, but with these sorts of savings at stake, consideration for a lighting management plan, including lighting sensors and LEDs might be a great investment in the future of your vessel.

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