“The rapid adoption of LEDs in lighting marks one of the fastest technology shifts in human history.” – Goldman Sachs(1)
The humble light bulb is arguably one of the most transformative inventions since man-made fire. Throughout its history, it has undergone several technological advances to make it more energy and cost-efficient. The biggest shift in adoption has notably taken place over the past decade as more people have begun trading traditional incandescent bulbs for LEDs. Proponents of this trend point out that LED light bulbs save consumers money and are eco-friendly, but the truth is that this issue isn’t so black and white. While LEDs effectively power the world’s homes and cities, they also contribute to light pollution that disrupts wildlife and the ecosystems that they inhabit.