Streetlamp Retrofits Are Lighting Up the LED Market

LA-street-lamp-energy-manageThe LED retrofit market is at the beginning of a huge upward swing, according to an article in Forbes. IHS Technology reports that of the 140 million streetlights installed worldwide, just over 13 percent are LEDs, and that percentage is expected to jump to almost 65 percent by 2020.

Although LEDs cost three to four times more than traditional streetlamps, they last three to four times longer and produce two to three times more light per watt. They also deliver 30 percent to 70 percent in annual electricity savings over their predecessors, are more programmable and are easier to connect to citywide wireless networks. Continue reading

LEDs Modernize Landmark Coney Island Ride

The Parachute Jump ride at New York’s Coney Island Amusement center has a long and exciting story to tell. A story that will shine brighter than ever thanks to its latest LED lighting upgrade. Often referred to as New York’s Eiffel Tower, the Coney Island Parachute Jump started its life at the 1939 New York World’s Fair. Back then it was decorated with some $15,000 worth of brightly colored plastic rings by the Life Savers Candy Company. Since that time, the parachute ride has worn many faces including for some time, a tired and worn facade.

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The refurbished Parachute Jump ride Brooklyn’s Luna Park has 8,000 programmable LEDs which can be synchronized to music. Photo courtesy Central Amusement International

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City To Fit All Streetlights With Energy-Saving LED Bulbs

The amber glow of the New York City streetlight is going away. In an energy-saving effort, the city plans to replace all of its 250,000 streetlights with brighter, whiter, energy-saving, light-emitting diode fixtures in one of the nation’s largest retrofitting projects, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and the transportation commissioner, Janette Sadik-Khan, said in a news conference on Thursday.

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Janette Sadik-Khan, the transportation commissioner, in Brooklyn on Thursday.

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Janette Sadik-Khan, the transportation commissioner, in Brooklyn on Thursday.

The phasing out is part of the administration’s long-term plan to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2017. Mayor Bloomberg described the switch as a “large and necessary feat” that will save taxpayers money and move the city closer to its sustainability goals. The project is also part of the Transportation Department’s plan for more environment-friendly operations, Ms. Sadik-Khan said. Continue reading