The ILLUMINATE project will assess SSL applicability and benefit as in high quality urban areas and in buildings hosting expositions and museums when light quality is un uncompromising requirement and SSL use is still problematic.
Lighting accounts for 19% of electricity consumption worldwide and 14% in the EU. As incandescent lamps are being phased out in Europe, new energy efficient and eco-friendly lighting technologies start to replace them. Solid State Lighting (SSL) is the most innovative technology emerging in the market.
Light emitting diodes (LEDs) based on inorganic semiconductors are mercury-free, have a long lifetime and instant on/off, can be colour tunable and, most important, they will allow significant energy savings and result in a significant contribution to CO2 reduction at European level.
Just by switching to LED lights, we could decrease carbon dioxide emissions from electric power use by up to 50 percent in just over 20 years. Making this switch is possibly the most cost-effective way to tackle global warming using existing technology