Light Up the Skyline: LEDs Transform City Landscapes

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LEDs are truly transforming many industries as information and applications for them continue to grow. One transformation that is probably the most notable is the effect LEDs lights are having on urban landscapes across the country. In the most literal sense, they are changing the way we see our cities and roads due to a new initiative to replace traditional street lamps with LED lighting.

Traditional lamps had been both inefficient and costly wasting both energy and funds allocated for municipal electricity budgets. It is estimated that roughly 3.5 billion dollars is wasted by excessive outdoor lighting, office buildings and exterior fixtures (e.g. street lamps) every year. Now that LED technology has taken off, many municipal engineers and street lighting bureaus have done the math and realized that shifting municipal lighting from traditional bulbs to LED lamps is by far the better choice for cost effective, higher quality urban lighting.

One of the first major cities to realize this and move towards converting their exterior lighting to LED was Los Angeles. Initially the city was spending around $16 million every year on electricity costs. Initial estimates showed a 40% reduction in energy expenses, but after the first phase of the conversion was over, the hard data showed an incredible 63% savings. This year the city of L.A. is expected to save $8.8 million dollars on their electric bill and approximately $3 million more in maintenance costs. Now, many more cities are stepping up and making plans to convert some of their municipal lighting fixtures to LED systems.

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