This post was written by Keith Dawson for UBM Tech’s community Web site All LED Lighting, sponsored by Philips Lumileds. It is archived here because the All LED Lighting site has gone dark. This material is Copyright 2013-2015 by UBM Americas.


Smaller Cities Going for LEDs

We have been reading about super-sized LED streetlight retrofit projects in metropolises. Now smaller cities are getting in on the action.

Call it the trickle-down of LED-based energy savings. Perhaps some magic boundary of ROI payback time has been crossed as LED prices fall. Or perhaps the incessant drumbeat of news about how much money SSL retrofits are saving municipalities has finally worn down the opposition in the smaller localities.

From the looks of the numbers these cities and towns are promulgating, they have been getting quite a wide range of advice about what level of energy savings to expect. Let's take a look at some of these newly announced projects, beginning at the top of the size scale and moving downward.

In the Madrid article linked above, Forbes mentions a Navigant Research projection of 17 million LED streetlights to be installed globally by 2017.

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