LED Replacement Light Tubes.

In other LED-related news, Air New Zealand has halved the amount of energy required to light key areas of its Auckland engineering base following installation of a new LED lighting product, Ecofluro.

The airline contracted New Zealand company Business Lighting Solutions and international energy management specialists Schneider Electric to replace more than 2,100 fluorescent bulbs at the site with, Ecofluro T8 LED tubes.

As we’ve covered before, our domestic world is switching away from incandescent light bulbs towards a future of the  compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) and in some instances light emitting diode lighting (LEDs.) The benefit is that they use far less electrical energy, last a lot longer, and give off less heat. From our RMB perspective, each CFL or LED requires a tiny amount of rare earth element phosphors to work, adding to the long term demand for REEs. But it’s not just incandescent lighting that’s getting replaced. Increasingly business is also switching from standard fluorescent light tubes over to LED tube lighting, a process that is only just beginning.

Below, last year’s developments in New Zealand. Follow the link for an informative video of how this works and where this process is going.

Ecofluro Power Saving
Designed in New Zealand, the Ecofluro LED product range provides the first genuine alternative to traditional T8 fluorescent tubes available in New Zealand. In recent independent tests, Ecofluro LED lighting delivered a 57% power saving, compared with T8 fluorescents and electronic ballasts, without compromising light levels.
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With power savings of up to 60% over conventional standard fluorescent light tubes, and a far longer working life, our age of ever more expensive electricity will commercially drive this part of the lighting market, unlike the government enforced switch from incandescent lighting in our homes. All part of the plan to save the planet from man-made global warming from carbon dioxide release, a large part of which comes power stations using coal to make electricity.

This decade and next, the rise of LED lighting is going to be phenomenal, provided we can come up with enough non-Chinese supply of REEs. Without that non-Chinese supply, the only place going massively LED is likely to be China itself.