140,000 LED Streetlights

It’s been four years since the City of Los Angeles, California, launched a project to install over 140,000 LED-powered streetlights, and so far, the city has reaped the benefits of using LEDsIn 2009, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa launched the Los Angeles LED Street Lighting Energy and Efficiency Program. The plan: swap out over 140,000 street lights and replace them with highly efficient light-emitting diodes. The effort was the largest such street LED light replacement program in the world. The project is a salient example of the benefits to biting the bullet on high upfront costs in exchange for big savings down the road. In addition to its environmental costs of 110,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide released annually, L.A.’s street lights cost the city $15 million each year. The full story on The Daily Beast.


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