Green Lighting More Accepted By Americans

More than one recent poll has shown a shift towards greater understanding and acceptance of energy efficient lighting in the U.S., and EcoAlign‘s recent survey of consumer attitudes reports more the same.

The survey, entitled EcoPinion #10: Lighting the Path Forward for Greater Energy Efficiency, conducted in late February of this year, compared consumer perceptions concerning more energy efficient lighting options such as CFLs and LEDs to traditional incandescent lighting.

EcoPinion poll

image via EcoAlign

The survey found that out of 1,000 respondents nationwide, the majority have installed some type of energy efficient lighting in their homes. Two-thirds of respondents gave CFL bulbs a top-three box overall performance rating and over half of them gave their highest ratings to super-efficient LEDs. Moreover, those who responded to the survey no longer regard up-front costs as the primary consideration in buying a bulb–a major step towards increased energy efficiency nationwide.

Another interesting tidbit–according to EcoAlign, is the results of this survey indicate that sixty percent of Americans are unaware of the federal law requiring a 28 percent improvement in lighting efficiency, effectively phasing out most traditional incandescent lamps by 2012, but two-thirds of them feel that is a good idea.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.