LED technology company Cree plans to ship in May a new series of LED streetlights for cities and municipal installations that use 50 percent less energy, compared with high-pressure sodium lighting technology.
The lights, part of the XSP Series LED Street Light series, are designed to last approximately three times as long as the technologies that cities are used to using, a feature that is intended to help reduce maintenance and replacement costs.
The city of Anchorage has already invested in 5,000 Cree LEDway luminaires, helping address budget constraints and maintenance concerns, said Jeff Tews, acting director of street lighting for the Alaska city, in a statement. (Imagine needing to change a bulb in the winter; probably not a big priority.)
The XSP Series Street Light offers 100 lumens per watt; that is double the lumens per dollar compared with Cree's earlier generations of streetlights, the company said.