The Real Goods team gave me the opportunity to do just that; take their already amazing book about solar, living beyond the grid, and sustainability, and offer me the opportunity to rewrite the lighting section. The 14th edition RGS Lighting section that starts on pg. 209 is equipped with illustrations, aspects of light such as wattage, beam spread, color temperature, color rendering and lifespan, as well as graphs showing both energy and financial comparisons of LEDs vs. fluorescents, CFLs and HIDs.
Overall LEDs are at a tipping point much like we saw in the early Edison days when light was created. Through the invention of LEDs as a light source, energy consumption as we know it on planet earth can be reduced significantly which reduces the need for increased fracking of natural gas, drilling for oil and coal processing. By becoming aware of the options available in LED lighting a home owner or business can quickly see paybacks on their energy bill and feel better about the choices they are making. To purchase the book for $19.98 PURCHASE SOURCEBOOK