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Let’s Raise A Million…Lightbulbs!

Let’s Raise A Million…Lightbulbs!

The Let’s Raise A Million Project is another of the 2011 Echoing Green Semi-Finalists.  This is a “student-led, policy-supported, multi-community, urban ecological project that conducts complete energy efficient ‘clean bulb’ retrofits and energy audits, at no cost, for residents of modest means while informing residents of the economic and environmental benefits of energy conservation.”

So what exactly does that mean? Let’s raise a million is a university student run project and was organized on the Morehouse campus. In 2009, students from Agnes Scott, Clark-Atlanta, Emory, Georgia Tech, Georgia State, Morehouse, Spelman and Grambling went door to door in low income areas to discuss the benefits of using Compact Fluorescent Light bubls (CFLs) instead of incandescent light bulbs and then installed all new light bulbs in the house for free. These CFLs often cost more, but are better for the environment and last longer than the traditional light bulbs. 

According to the Energy Star website, CFLs can save more than $40 in electricity costs over its lifetime, use about 75% less energy than standard incandescent bulbs and last up to 10 times longer than incandescent light bulbs, and produce about 75% less heat, so they are safer to operate and can cut energy costs associated with home cooling.

During the installation, residents are also given information on other ways to reduce energy consumption, bills and carbon emissions. After 90 days, Let’s Raise A Million volunteers followed up with the residents to determine savings over the adjustment period.  

Households eligible for the free lightbulbs are identified by municipal “empowerment zone” designations, publicly-subsided housing communities, any student utilizing any form of publicly-supported financial aid, a member of a economically repressed community, determined by zip code, or any additional determinate identified by Let’s Raise A Million.  

The project has already changed over 12,000 bulbs in Atlanta’s West End, over 1100 bulbs in Grambling, Louisiana, and almost 200 in Detroit, Michigan. The Let’s Raise A Million project and its partners are committed to changing a million lightbulbs by 2013.

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6:25AM PST on Dec 10, 2013

Sorry -- made a mistake --
Do LED bulbs contain mercury ?
CFL Do- right ?

5:58AM PST on Dec 10, 2013

WSRNING:
Possible hazard to vision[edit]

Tests performed at the Complutense University of Madrid indicate that prolonged exposure to the shorter blue band spectrum LED lights may permanently damage the pigment epithelial cells of the retina. The test conditions were the equivalent of staring at a 100 watt blue incandescent source from 20 cm for 12 hours; researchers say additional testing is required to ascertain what intensities, wavelengths, and exposure times of LED lighting devices are lethal and non-lethal for retinal tissue.[37][38]

5:56AM PST on Dec 10, 2013

WARNING: " Tests performed at the Complutense University of Madrid indicate that prolonged exposure to the shorter blue band spectrum LED lights may permanently damage the pigment epithelial cells of the retina. The test conditions were the equivalent of staring at a 100 watt blue incandescent source from 20 cm for 12 hours; researchers say additional testing is required to ascertain what intensities, wavelengths, and exposure times of LED lighting devices are lethal and non-lethal for retinal tissue.[37][38]" "

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LED_lamp

5:46AM PST on Dec 10, 2013

What we would do well to ban -- and why? The LED bulbs ! Check out how we are fooled or mislead again -- please ! Would you like to store MECURY in your home ? Would you like to place MECURY IN DUMPS AND OTHER WASTE PLACES ? IF NO -- then boycott LED Bulbs !

" There is still mercury in the new LED light bulbs -- so will some kind men and women write petitions on stopping these "efficient light bulbs" from killing some men, women and children. PLEASE BAN LED LIGHT BULBS -- UNTIL YOU GET THE MERCURY OUT ! and I LIKE THE EFFICIENT INCADENCENT -- THE USUALL LIGHT ORDINARY LIGHT BULBS BETTER -- BECAUSE THEY ARE EASIER TO DISPOSE AND EASIER ON MY EYE-SIGHT ! Does any body have a clue -- how dangerous it is to have mercury in every man and women' home, bussiness, etc . and I have no other motives. I was all for LED Light bulbs -- untill hear that they have mercury, are hard to dispose, and MERCURY -- THAT IS DEADLY -- PLEASE BAN THE BULBS "
From wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compact_fluorescent_lamp
" CFLs, like all fluorescent lamps, contain mercury[67][68] as vapor inside the glass tubing. Most CFLs contain 3–5 mg per bulb, with the bulbs labeled "eco-friendly" containing as little as 1 mg.[69][70] Because mercury is poisonous, even these small amounts are a concern for landfills and waste incinerators where the mercury from lamps may be released and contribute to air and water pollution. In the U.S., lighting manufacturer members of the Nationa

3:54PM PDT on May 1, 2011

I have been running a LED light I designed 24/7 for 13 years now.
LEDs are the lighting of the coming era and a great energy saver.
How to Help Promote LED Lighting in The World

2:45PM PST on Mar 5, 2011

That's such a great idea! Thanks for sharing.

2:44PM PST on Mar 5, 2011

That's such a great idea! Thanks for sharing.

10:28AM PST on Feb 26, 2011

Thanks for sharing:)!

4:17PM PST on Feb 11, 2011

good article, nice.

2:41AM PST on Feb 11, 2011

Thank you for posting.

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