Special Supplement Caltrans The LED Lighting Revolution FINANCING AND LOWERED ENERGY USE CONSIDERED BY ED RITCHIE he LED lighting revolution isn’t snowballing anymore. At this point, it’s more appropri-ate to say it’s become a full-ﬂ edged ava-lanche. Yet still, many businesses are unsure if they’re ready for the new technology, or more appropriately, is the new technology ready for them? Let’s answer that question by taking a look at some of the key decision factors, and some impressive solu-tions from top manufacturers. To guide us through the big issues that should be con-26 SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT www. BusinessEnergy.net T sidered before making the move to LED lighting, we talked with Kyle Hemmi, senior energy engineer, at CLEAResult, an Austin, TX-based company that designs, markets, and imple-ments energy programs for utilities and businesses. Hemmi notes that LED technology has evolved rapidly since its debut on the market. “Years ago when LEDs were just starting to ﬁ nd their way onto the commercial market, it was a challenge,” he says. “The Energy Star program was just getting started, and there weren’t a lot of standards and qualiﬁ ed prod-uct listings to control the quality and compare technologies.