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Green displays for all Dell laptops

Company will transition to mercury-free LEDs for all their new laptops in the next twelve months

Dell will use mercury-free light-emitting diodes (LEDs) for all their new laptop screens in the next twelve months, starting from mid-December.

In addition to being free of mercury and highly recyclable, LED displays offer significant energy savings when compared to the cold cathode fluorescent lamp (CCFL) technology, which has long been the standard on displays. For example, 43% energy reduction for 15 inch screens.

The company estimates customer savings of approximately $20 million and 220 million kilowatt-hours in 2010 and 2011 combined - the equivalent of annual CO2 emissions resulting from energy use of more than 10,000 homes.

Dell believes that at least 80% of its total laptop volume will be delivered with LED as a standard back-lit display by the end of 2009 and will hit 100% in 2010.

The company is eager to be the ‘greenest’ technology company on the planet and, in August, Dell announced that it had met its carbon-neutral goal five months ahead of schedule.

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