The Blame Game: A Lighting Debate Resolved

A study released last week found that leaving the lights on in an empty room is perceived to be the #1 waste of energy in a household. The other findings from this consumer study are outlined below and illustrated in the infographic.

Most of us have been on both sides of the “Who Left the Lights On” question. The finger pointing usually ramps up right around the arrival of the electric bill, and the blame game certainly intensifies when the energy bill starts to spike. According to a U.S. consumer household lighting behavior study conducted on behalf of lighting control systems developer Lutron Electronics, leaving the lights on in empty rooms is the leading pet peeve for most Americans when it comes to wasted energy and the expense it produces. In fact, the study showed “Most Americans believe it to be the biggest waste of energy” in their homes, surpassing computers, televisions and even air conditioners. The culprit tends to be children, but spouses and significant others were also often accused of forgetting to turn off the lights.

These findings are particularly relevant to the industry leader in lighting control, Lutron Electronics. Known for creating the light dimmer, Lutron now makes lighting systems and products that can automatically turn lights on and off when not in use, as well as systems that can be controlled when away from home with the simple touch of a button on a phone or smart pad.

With fewer people barking, “Who left the lights on?” Lutron is arbitrating US households one occupancy sensor at a time.


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