Clearwater, Fla recently announced that it intends to replace all of its streetlights with LED lights over an eighteen month period beginning late October. Paul Bertels, Traffic Operations Manager stated that migrating to LED lighting will save the city around .02 percent a year and will also help the city to move closer to achieving its goal of becoming green.
Clearwater is just one of a multitude of cities nationwide to be making the switch to LED. And it’s not just the USA. Many cities around the globe have already made the switch in a global move towards green energy, including Albertslund (Denmark), Birmingham (UK), Eindhoven (The Netherlands), Hódmezővásárhely (Hungary), Lyon (France), Mechelen (Belgium) and Tilburg (The Netherlands). LED streetlights are clearly becoming widely accepted. Even Buckingham Palace and the Times Square New Years Eve ball are lit by LEDs.
So why the move to LED? Well, the Federal Department of Energy research shows that light-emitting diode streetlights (or LEDS for short!) reduce energy use by around 12 percent when used in place of conventional high-pressure sodium lighting above high-speed roads. They also state that LEDs also save around 50 percent on residential streets, an impressive 70 percent when used at parking lots. However, there is more to the movement than the profit motive.
According to The Climate Group, lighting accounts for 6% of global C02 emissions (or 1900 million tons of C02 per year) so converting to LED would make a considerable dent in carbon emissions.
Mark Kenber, CEO of The Climate Group, said as early as 2012 that: “The monetary and civil benefits of LEDs are clear; they will save our cities money and create safer environments to live and work in. We now need to scale up the use of energy efficient lighting across our cities…I want to see all new public lighting – both street lighting and in public buildings – to be LED (or as efficient) by 2015.”
It appears that LED lighting is definitely creating a fast-growing trend that is redefining the lighting industry and energy-wasting disposable bulbs are quickly becoming a thing of the past.
If you are on the fence about including LED lighting in your energy roadmap and need more than public opinion and government to sway you, I would like to draw the following business benefits to your attention:
- LED lights are highly efficient, using 15% of the energy of an incandescent bulb (Eric Taub, NY Times, 2008)
- They last several times longer than traditional bulbs with filaments so they actually cost less over time (50,000 hours as opposed to 1,200 hours according to a study on eartheasy.com)
- Their lifespan and efficiency will reduce your carbon footprint
- They are quick to turn on and they do not produce ultraviolet light which is a godsend in areas with a large population of bugs.
Our team of energy experts will be more than happy to show you how switching to LED lighting can impact your bottom line. For more information, call us today at 214.637.2784.