In April Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the city would be changing nearly all of its 270,000 outdoor lights to long-lasting LED lights.
"New lights will provide more reliable and improved nighttime visibility, giving communities a greater sense of safety," Emanuel said in a statement on the city's website.
The lights also offer significant savings: LED lights consume 50 to 75 percent less than the outdated High Pressure Sodium lights they will replace. In addition, the LED lights typically last three times longer.
Phoenix, Arizona has announced it will replace all 90,000 of its outdoor lights to LED lights. "The move will help the city save millions of dollars in electricity costs, reduce carbon emissions and help make city streets safer," reads the introduction to a public input survey on the city's website. The survey includes photos of different LED light types and asks residents to share their preferences, along with suggestions if they think certain types would be more appropriate in specific areas (residential, commercial, industrial.)
It's not just big cities that are switching to LED lighting. The borough council of Giradville, Pennsylvania voted to replace its outdoor lights. The borough of approximately 1,800 people plans to take advantage of a program offered through PPL Electric Utilities that will replace the borough's incandescent lights with LED lights at no cost, according to an article by John Usalis in the Republican Herald. The 175 lights being replaced will have an immediate savings of lowering the borough's monthly electric costs.
Our team of lighting experts can guide you through the utility rebate process and help you select the most energy-efficient and budget-friendly lighting. If you would like to learn more about LED lights for your city or borough, please contact us today.