Bringing Commercial LED Lighting Fixtures To Pittsburgh
It is hard to imagine an urban city of the future that does not employ LED lighting. While larger cities have been slower to adopt the technology, small cities such as Detroit, Oakland and Pittsburgh are installing LEDs at an accelerated pace. Earlier this week, Detroit was commended by Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz for its choice to utilize LED lighting in the coming years. This type of lighting is a perfect fit for a city like Detroit, which is looking for a long-term solution to its infrastructure woes. The only thing holding a city like Detroit back from switching to light-emitting diodes is the higher initial cost. However cities that are committed to long-term growth will reap the rewards.
Commercial LED Lights has even caught the eye of the feds. The Obama Administration is rolling out a program to help 5 US cities with the initial costs of updating their current infrastructure. And as a sign of good faith earlier this year, the Obama Administration replaced the 78 year-old lamps on the Nation's Mall with light-emitting diodes. The move should satisfy green voters as well as the fiscally conservative; by this action alone, the Park Service will cut 65% from its electric bill.
The clear advantages that LEDs offer are leading to increasing support from governments at the regional, national and even international level. On the other side of the Atlantic, LEDs are taking hold in places like London. One English school, the Business Academy Bexley, sought out funding for LED infrastructure after learning that energy savings would be nearly 70% overall. For sake of perspective, this will equate to nearly 35,000 US dollars in operating cost savings per year. If you are interested in LEDs, I recommend a great firm such as Laface and Mcgovern, Inc. Click here to learn more about their services
The London school deepened its savings via the inclusion of adaptive wireless controllers in addition to the LEDs themselves. The controls work by adjusting indoor lights in response to the natural light levels in each individual room. If these types of controllers were more widely adopted, new building projects in developing cities like Detroit, Pittsburgh, and Oakland could be designed with natural light levels in mind. This symbiotic relationship between technology and design will benefit up-and-coming cities.
LED lighting solutions seem to be perfect for urban planners looking to keep taxpayers happy. Oakland, CA has recently announced a plan to upgrade 30,000 street lights with GE scalable LED light fixtures. These scalable light fixtures will cut down on discrepancies in inventory, installation, and maintenance. The variability in brightness (3,000 to 20,000lm) means that these lights can be applied on busy traffic corridors as well as quiet residential neighborhoods.
Even with the potential for political disagreement when it comes to legislating specific products over others, there has been relatively little bickering over the ban of incandescent light bulbs in favor of LEDs. The cities that have adopted LED technology thus far have tended to be progressively-minded cities. LEDs are simply too fiscally advantageous to fall victim to partisan politics. So join me on the path to the future. The streets of the future are illuminated by LEDs.