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An advanced LED lighting system is trying to break into the street light market.
Cree, LED lighting designer and manufacturer, has released advanced-design and traditional LED streetlights in an attempt to promote the adoption of efficient lighting on our streets.
The company specializes in lighting-class LEDs, lighting, and semiconductors for wireless and power applications. Now, it is attempting to use high-class design to encourage authorities to use LED technology more widely in cities.
A new line of streetlights has recently been announced; designed with long-lasting and energy-efficient use in mind. The modern LEDs include AeroBlade lamps that encompass clusters of LED light sources in blade-like strips; distributing light in a uniform manner.
The modern design of these street lights may not be to every city's taste; especially those with a historical heritage. Therefore, Cree has subsequently designed a more traditional bulb design to fit with the theme of these areas.
LEDs are strong contenders to be used on city streets; owing to their durability and more efficient generation of light. However, such products do come with a higher up-front cost than traditional lighting.
Cree vice president and general manager Christopher Ruud said:
"It's not an inexpensive job to change a light bulb -- that's where the payback is."
Rudd says the payback from this latest, slightly cheaper line is usually within a few years -- requiring less maintenance than other models.
In a cash-strapped economy, many local authorities and consumers would struggle with the starting costs, even though in the long term such LED products would save expenditure on lighting.
Image credit: CREE
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the cost of led lights are going down my store sells the led blubs at a lower cost and most have a 1 to 2 year warranty . starrlighting.webs.com
Several years ago, some communities in this area started replacing traffic signals with bright LED versions. Well, guess what? They are failing with partial or total individual blackouts already, even though they supposedly were going to last 20 to 30 years. Excuses: Overheating and power spikes, both solvable with proper engineering. The manufacturers should be held to long and strict warranty coverage, considering the premium prices charged!
In an effort to cut down on light pollution complaints and balance budgets many towns in Massachusetts are turning off street lights. Which bring up public safety concerns. It is possible that LED lights could be a nice compromise. Advocates against light pollution have been arguing for fewer street lights and lower power lights for decades. LEDs that put out fewer lumens and draw far less power could preserve public safety, reduce light pollution and lower costs for municipal budgets. Requiring lower power LEDs might also reduce the upfront cost of switching to them.
Very informative! LED lights are very in now days as it saves electricity as well as cuts down our electricity bills. We can replace bulbs and lamps with LEDs.
@Dukhalion If you pay attention to more recent car models you will discover that the tail lights are LED's. Although I understand that there may still be an unresolved technical issue with using LED's for Headlamps. http://www.electronicsweekly.com/Articles/22/01/2010/47855/led-headlights-beam-beyond-premium-cars.htm
...where are the videoprojector replacement LED-bulbs? And driving LED-lights for cars? Yes, what if we only had to buy one set of (LED)bulbs, and they would then last longer than the videoprojector or the car.
Audi, Mercedes, Mazda, Toyota are all now using LEDs in headlights. LEDS in tail lights and interior lighting have been around for 10+ years.