Supreme Court Ruling on Obamacare Helps Cure Energy Waste Through New LED Lighting

Independence LED ( the professional lighting solutions partner with American made LED manufacturing experience and insight, announces today a positive and surprising correlation between the country’s highest court and the adoption of energy saving lighting.

In a major decision on Thursday June 25th, the US Supreme Court ruled that the federal subsidies that help over 6 million Americans pay for Obamacare are legal under the Affordable Care Act. The Justices most likely did not consider the energy health of hospitals, clinics, and administrative buildings in their decision. However, the day after the ruling, a leading healthcare provider informed Independence LED that they are going to move forward on a proposed LED retrofit precisely because of the decision. The federal subsidies, via the Affordable Care Act, give the healthcare provider the financial confidence to invest in the LED technology, which typically carries a higher upfront cost than traditional lighting.

Independence LED has provided LED solutions for healthcare clients since 2011, ranging from Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia to the massive NAVY hospital ship the Comfort, and from Urban Health Plan in New York to the first Veterans Affairs Hospital for the Durham Medical Center.

“Even though we offer $0 upfront cost financing as part of our LED lighting solutions, we are pleased to see that this new ruling helps healthcare providers move forward with energy intelligent lighting retrofits,” said Charlie Szoradi, CEO of Independence LED.

Scope of impact: If the healthcare facilities across the US take the initiative to change their lights to energy saving LED tubes and other applicable LED lights, the savings is significant:

Energy savings: $1 billion per year
CO2 reduction: over 10 billion lbs per year (equivalent 1.3 million cars off the road)
Added benefits: Less eye strain for healthcare professionals and less headaches for certain patients given the flicker of mercury lighting in fluorescent tubes

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