Wednesday, May 9, 2012

LED Lighting Can Light Up Any Size City

LED Lighting Can Light Up Any Size City

Moving day is closer and closer.  We just found out our second mortgage servicer has finally accepted the terms of our short sale.  We could be in a new place as early as this weekend, as late as next weekend.  So you might not see me for a couple days.  I won’t be going far, but it takes a while to move, right?  Too bad they can’t make moving as simple as turning on an LED bulb.  

Some cities, however, are going to great lengths to be more energy efficient when the street lights come on.  Many cities across the country have installed GE Evolve™ LED Roadway fixtures in an effort to become more energy-efficient and cost-efficient.  The lights bring up to a 50% reduction in system energy when compared to standard high-intensity discharge (HID) systems.  In a city like Las Vegas, that means 20 million fewer kilowatt hours (kWhs) will be used starting in 2013.  For other, smaller cities like Superior, Nebraska (a town with just 2,000 residents), it of course means less.  But the power of LED, whether on a large or small scale is still a money and energy saver.

At this year’s LIGHTFAIR International, GE conveyed a panel discussion that explored how cities across the US are benefitting from LED street lighting.  One of the panelists commented that LED is being rapidly adopted as a lighting system for roadways across the globe – in small towns and big cities.  The U.S. Department of Energy estimates the installed base of street and highway lights in the US alone is approximately 52 million.  Currently, just one percent of those street lights are LED.

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