‘Radical efficiency’ is a clever and provocative concept.  Introduced to me recently by a leading authority on corporate sustainability initiatives, it is based on the idea that incremental efficiency improvements are simply insufficient.  In startup circles, the meme is ‘disruptive innovations’ – new approaches that turn the status quo upside down in pursuit of a new, more successful solution to a given problem.

To me, the two concepts travel hand-in-glove.  Radical efficiency is made possible by disruptive innovation.  But radical efficiency is not a far-off, highly academic concept that will deliver benefits at some unspecified point in the future.  For industrial lighting, radical efficiency is here today, made possible by a fundamentally new approach to lighting.

Today is the day that Digital Lumens is unveiling the industry’s first Intelligent Lighting System, which is delivering profound energy efficiency improvements in real-world environments.  By integrating LEDs, networking and software, Digital Lumens is compounding the known efficiency benefits of LEDs while creating a platform for operational control.  The Digital Lumens Intelligent Lighting System integrates an array of technologies to create a complete system with end-to-end intelligence that reduces our customers’ lighting-related energy costs by 90%.  That is radical efficiency in action.

What are the implications?  If a 250,000 square foot industrial facility, where lighting costs $1 per square foot/year, reduces energy consumption by 90%, their lighting costs go to from $250,000 per year to $25,000 per year.  That is serious green.  From an environmental perspective, the savings from that one facility are equivalent to:

  • Eliminating 800,000kg of CO(2)
  • Taking 109 cars off of the road
  • Taking 139 homes off the grid
  • Installing 150,000 square feet of solar PV

I had promised in my initial blog post that I would shamelessly promote Digital Lumens when we were ready for primetime, but I won’t go any further today.  As for future blog posts, my preference is to share thoughts and perspectives on more general industry advances around sustainability, lighting, energy efficiency, public policy and and innovation.  So, consider this Digital Lumens-centric post a brief interruption in that flow.

As ever, your thoughts and comments are welcome.