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Energy effeicient lighting meets real home life
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Technology and Social Change. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. (TEVS)
2011 (English)In: Energy efficiency, ISSN 1570-6478, Vol. 4, no 2, 235-245- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Will the phase-out of inefficient lighting in the EU lower consumption of residential electricity significantly? Will LED-light replace other technologies for lighting in the near future? Implementation of the phase-out decision in the EU will push demand for efficient lighting technologies. One of the most efficient types, Light-Emitting Diodes, promises even greater reductions than CFLs. However, in order to reap the gains from LEDs they must replace existing lamps and luminaires. This paper reports the findings from tests of LED-lights in real homes. It points at the limits of the LED-technology at sale in the market today, and the risk for a rebound effect.

This paper also addresses the more general issue of theoretical development in the area of residential use of electricity. A “frame of interpretation” is presented in which the use of the lighting set in a home is the foundation. From this sociotechnical and path-dependent aspects on technical and cultural inertia and marginal change can be developed.


Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer , 2011. Vol. 4, no 2, 235-245- p.
Keyword [en]
Lighting, LED, acceptance, household, path dependence, phase-out, energy saving, rebound effect
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Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-67467DOI: 10.1007/s12053-010-9092-4ISI: 000293068200008OAI: diva2:410415
Energieffektiv hembelysning–möjligheter och problem
Available from: 2011-04-13 Created: 2011-04-13 Last updated: 2011-08-12

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