The LED City is an expanding community of government and industry parties working to evaluate, deploy and promote LED lighting technology across the full range of municipal infrastructure to
- Save energy
- Protect the environment
- Reduce maintenance costs
- Provide better light quality for improved visibility and safety
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 22 percent of electricity used in the U.S. powers lighting. In a world with soaring energy prices based on the availability and control of fossil fuels, and with growing concern about sustainability of the environment, a revolution in lighting is long overdue.
Light emitting diodes, called LEDs, are revolutionizing lighting. Switching to LED-based lighting can save 40 to 70 percent of the electricity a city uses for certain lighting applications such as parking garage, parking lot, outdoor public area, street and portable lighting.
In addition to helping protect the environment by reducing electricity consumption of lighting, LEDs, due to their long service life, also reduce the amount of material going into landfills (i.e., light bulbs). Furthermore, LEDs, unlike some traditional light sources, don't contain hazardous mercury or lead.
According to the Department of Energy, in the next 20 years rapid adoption of LED lighting in the U.S. can:
- Reduce electricity demands from lighting by 62 percent.
- Eliminate 258 million metric tons of carbon emissions.
- Avoid building 133 new power plants.
- Anticipate financial savings that could exceed $280 billion.
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