Raleigh officials have teamed up with Cree, Inc. in Research Triangle Park to save money and help the environment. Raleigh public works employees will test and implement Cree’s Light Emitting Diode lighting components across the city.
In a pilot program late last year, LED lights were installed in a parking deck downtown. Progress Energy, the city’s primary energy provider, said that the floor equipped with LED lights used more than 40 percent less energy than the standard lighting system. Also, the quality of the lighting was greatly improved, according to Progress Energy’s research.
As part of the initiative, more Cree lighting components will be tested in other applications, such as street lights, architectural and accent lighting, and pedestrian and walkway lights, over the next 18 months. If significant energy savings are found, Raleigh will convert permanently to LED lighting.
While switching to LED in public spaces and governmental offices, as well as, hopefully, a bandwagon effect of this on businesses and private homes, will have a very positive effect on the lowering of energy consumtion an cost and the air pollution, I sure hope they use this opportunity to redesign the city lighting in such a way as to reduce Light Pollution as well.
I also hope that other cities will follow suit. How about a LED-only Triangle region? Or LED-only North Carolina? Set the example for the rest of the country.
P.S. This does not mean banning incadesent lightbulbs. They have their uses. How can you keep a reptile in a terrarium without an incadescent light? Only by wasting even more energy and polluting more by installing a heater.