Philips talks up benefits of LED street lights

Low failure rates and high energy efficiency are the two main benefits touted in report produced by The Climate Group.

It's Sunday evening, and the streetlight on our dead-end street has gone out. Again. For probably the third time in as many years. That got me thinking about some data just published on behalf of Philips, which has been following the potential benefits of LED streetlights.

The research, culled from 15 LightSavers trials in 12 cities, suggests that LED lights can help save 85 percent in energy. That isn't the only good thing about them: apparently the failure rate over 6,000 hours is about 1 percent, which is intriguing to someone who lives on a street where the lamps have to be changed far too often.

"Lighting the Clean Revolution: The Rise of LED Street Lighting and What it Means for Cities" suggests that city, state and federal governments should seriously consider LED as the technology for public lighting, with all new technologies centered on LED by 2015. The report was produced by The Climate Group in conjunction with Philips. The trials were in cities including New York, London, Toronto and Kolkata (aka Calcutta).

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