Originally, the Lansing Board of Water and Light (LBWL) erected 17 LED-based street lamps over roads and sidewalks in 2007. Now, the LBWL is considering drastically expanding the trial in order to determine if it will replace its current 34,000 lamps with LED models.
Initial public reaction has been positive, with 85 percent of respondents indicating the new fixtures have “a pleasant glow, sufficient brightness, and safe light pattern.” Additionally, the majority said they would support the installation of LED streetlights in other neighborhoods.
An LBWL lighting designer credited the “green” movement as part of the motivation to implement the environmentally-friendly solution of LED lighting, among other practicalities like reduced cost as a result of longer life expectancy and lower energy consumption.
According to LEDs Magazine, the trend of lighting streets with LED technology is growing popular world-wide. It’s clear to see why as the benefits are numerous: energy savings of up to 50%, long LED life, mercury-free construction, and better color rendering that can help improve safety and security by reproducing truer color and and sharper detail.
Read the full article from LEDs Magazine.
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