Not Sure the LED Revolution Is For Real? Oh It’s Happening Baby!

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Not Sure the LED Revolution Is For Real? Oh It’s Happening Baby!

It’s unavoidable! It’s happening everywhere…and I am not exaggerating! Every day I see, read and hear about multiple major LED conversion projects. Cities, states, major corporations in countries all around the globe are making the move to LED lighting because it’s smart! It’s so smart and such a no-brainer that even governments that normally make such moves and expenditures Über-difficult are pushing these initiatives through smoothly and swiftly.

Still Don’t Believe Me?

Just out of curiosity and to quell a suspicion that I might only be hearing about such things because I am interested in them and I am in the industry, I made a little test. I went on the internet to find out how quickly I could find stories about such conversion projects. I thought, “Surely I can find a couple of important stories within 10 minutes of searching.” It took me less than 2 minutes to find a dozen such stories, all of them news announcements that occurred within the last month. I didn’t have to look hard! It wasn’t difficult! In fact, they just fell in my lap!

There were stories about 4 cities, 2 states, 1 country, 1 business district, 1 school district, 1 major business and 2 iconic world-renowned landmarks.

Why is this happening? Well, I said it before – it’s smart! The savings to be had are huge and immediate.

I’m going to share these stories with you here because they are interesting. You will see a title and an excerpt for each in this article with a link to each original article if you’d like to read further. I will try to highlight here the actual projected savings on each of these projects so you can easily see the impact LED makes.

And if you want some help in figuring out your own LED conversion project, call me.
This is what I do!
Jeannine Forte

The Sistine Chapel

Financial Impact: Consumes up to 90% less power than the previously installed lighting!

Osram, an LED light manufacturer, has been accoladed by the International SSL Alliance (ISA), a renowned international organization in the solid state lighting (SSL) sector, for its innovative LED solution installed in the Sistine Chapel.

Osram developed an LED lighting solution for the Sistine Chapel in 2014 that sets new standards in terms of energy efficiency and quality of light. The requirement for completely glare-free illumination that complies with strict conservational specifications and the immense historic importance of the Chapel and its globally unique works of art necessitated a technically individual, high quality lighting solution.

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St. Peter’s Square, Rome, Italy

Financial Impact: Unreported

A new lighting system illuminates the bubbling fountains of St. Peter’s Square and the Via della Conciliazione from Friday ready to be admired by pilgrims arriving in Rome for the Jubilee.

The lights in the via della Conciliazione, the fountains of St Peter’s Square and the Bernini colonnade have been transformed into LED lighting and the artistic structures of the lamps in metal and brass also have been restored. The new light that will illuminate the area most affected by the influx of pilgrims has been installed in the antique lamps and lanterns along the avenue that links Rome and the Vatican City.

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Financial Impact: Annual savings of 6.7 billion litres of kerosene (currently used to light most of rural India) per year!

NEW DELHI: More than 800 rural villages in Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous region, will be lit with 76,000 solar street lighting units provided by Philips Lighting, as part of a government initiative to drive sustainable electrification in rural areas in the country.

The LED-solar street lighting project will provide electricity to 800 rural villages across 40 districts in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, as part of a flagship scheme of the state’s Chief Minister and is developed by Philips Lighting in partnership with the Uttar Pradesh New and Renewable Energy Development Agency.

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Calgary, Canada

Financial Impact: $6 Million per year!

A photo taken from the International Space Station (ISS) clearly shows the impact of Calgary’s transition to LED streetlights.

Calgary started transitioning from high pressure sodium vapour lamps (HPS) in September, with the goal of replacing 80,000 of the city’s streetlights by 2018. So far, 21 communities have gone LED — a rate of about 2,000 lights replaced per month.

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Ohio School District

Financial Impact: “We expected to save $61,000 annually, and in actuality it is on pace to be much closer to $100,000.”

Ohio’s Goshen Local School District recently retrofitted its buildings with LED lights for a projected energy cost savings of $61,000 each year.

The district worked with an energy consultant to find upgrades with a fast return on investment. LED lighting topped the list by driving “aggressive savings” through factors such as “the availability of compelling rebates, reduced labor by eliminating the need to replace fluorescent ballasts, improved HVAC efficiency through cooler LED fixtures and the use of sensors and controls to further reduce energy use,” according to a news release.

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The State of Georgia

Financial Impact: “The efficiency and the longer lifetimes of the LED lighting pays for the lighting as an investment and continues saving money…”

Georgia Power reported that it decided to establish multi-year partnerships with local governments to bring LED lighting to roadways across the state. Georgia Power Lighting, which specializes in commercial, industrial and residential outdoor lighting and LED lighting, is managing the LED roadway lighting project. The company owns and maintains about 400,000 roadway lights for local governments. Georgia Power says it is in the process of converting thousands of high-pressure sodium (HPS) roadway lights to new energy efficient LEDs.

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Meijer’s Supermarket, Ohio

Financial Impact: Will save an estimated 600,000 kilowatt-hours per year

Meijer’s Beavercreek, Ohio, store is the Midwest superstore retailer’s first to feature all-LED lighting, a move the company says will save more than a half million kilowatt hours of electricity annually.

Part of a $50 million extensive remodeling project for four supercenters in the Dayton market, the GE LEDs being used are 30 percent more efficient and have a lifespan that is 50 percent longer than traditional lighting. Additionally, GE’s exterior lighting is 70 percent more efficient than lighting typically used in retail settings. In total, the all-LED lighting system will save an estimated 600,000 kilowatt-hours per year.

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Hollywood, California

Financial Impact: Unreported

By the end of the week, a total of 24 SmartPoles are set to be installed across the Hollywood area. Over the coming year, we’ll see 100 more and a further 500 planned for the future throughout all of Los Angeles.

SmartPoles are a collaboration between Philips and Ericsson that feature energy efficient LED lighting as well as improved connectivity for the city’s 4G LTE mobile network.

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New Rochelle, NY

Financial Impact: The switch to LED will save the City over $639,000 per year

NEW ROCHELLE, NY — Beginning this week, New Rochelle’s 7,000 streetlights will be changed to LED bulbs. To signify the start of the project, Mayor Noam Bramson, City Manager Chuck Strome and were joined by representatives from Lumen Light Solutions to install a light at the corner of Hamilton and North Avenues. The switch to LED will save the City over 2,777,551.66 kilowatt hours annually, translating to $639,000 per year.

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North Dakota

Financial Impact: Unreported

BISMARCK – More than a dozen North Dakota cities may get energy-efficient LED street lights after the North Dakota Public Service Commission approved a request from Xcel Energy on Wednesday.
Commissioners gave the OK to Xcel to add an LED option for its street lighting service and to increase its streetlight tariff to pay for the switch to the more expensive LED, or light-emitting diode, streetlights.

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Binghamton, NY

Financial Impact: Unreported

Binghamton Mayor Rich David announced that the city would be converting about 7,000 street lights to led light bulbs, which shine brighter and are believed to be more energy efficient.

“So on a number of different levels this is a win win for the city of Binghamton and the residents and its part of our ongoing commitment to investing infrastructure whether its roads bridges, streets and our lighting.” said Mayor Rich David.

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Detroit Business District

Financial Impact: Unreported

DETROIT – Wayne County Executive Warren Evans has announced plans to illuminate some businesses on Detroit’s west side.

Evans told business and community leaders Wednesday about 160 LED lights will be installed on Livernois along the city’s longtime Avenue of Fashion. Following the announcement, the first light went up outside CGB Design Studio.

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By | 2017-09-26T12:03:36+00:00 December 2nd, 2015|Electricity, Energy News, LED Lighting|0 Comments

About the Author:

Jeannine is the Director of Energy Efficiency at Consumer Energy Solutions where she has established and runs the Commercial LED Lighting program, helping business owners and non-profits nationwide to understand how LED lighting upgrades can provide instant savings and immediately free up cash flow for their organizations.

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