Dallas converts parking garages to LED lighting

The City of Dallas, Texas will convert five downtown parking garages to energy-efficient LED lighting in partnership with Lumetech and the Lighting Science Group.

The City of Dallas, Texas announced on Thursday that it would convert five downtown parking garages to energy-efficient LED lighting.

The move makes Dallas one of the first major U.S. cities to do so, and was done in partnership with LED lighting manufacturers Lumetech and Lighting Science Group.

Spearheading the public-private effort was city councilman Ron Natinsky, who cited reduced energy consumption and, by extension, operating and maintenance costs as the main driver for the project.

"Over the past few years, we have actively worked to become more environmentally efficient and have enacted a number of important green initiatives, including the recent efficiency upgrade of our parking garages," Natinsky said in a statement. "I hope that our actions compel the leadership of other cities and private sectors to follow suit."

The city installed LSG fixtures in garages at Dallas City Hall, Dallas Public Library, the Jack Evans Police Building, the freight terminal beneath Thanksgiving Square and the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center.

City officials estimate that the annual energy savings will be in excess of 1,700,000 kWh -- an approximately 60 percent reduction.

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