Cities realize advantages of LEDs

The LED street light demonstration in the city of Oakland highlighted many of the benefits that LED lighting can bring to municipalities, writes Kevin Orth.

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As municipalities and businesses look for ways to control energy costs and reduce their carbon footprint, they are beginning to realize that lighting is not a fixed expense, and that innovation will be the agent for change. Recognizing these benefits, the city of Oakland, California, set out to study the real-world effects of LEDs on its own streets.

Project leaders from Oakland teamed up with the Emerging Technologies program at Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), a utility company, to find solutions to help curb the city’s annual $4 million energy and maintenance bill for streetlights. The project leaders approached the US Department of Energy (DOE) to work with its Solid State Lighting (SSL) program, a national initiative to implement energy-efficient commercial lighting projects in local communities.

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This article was published in the May/June 2008 issue of LEDs Magazine.

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