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
- A special sidewalk lane, just for text-messaging pedestrians
- Pulse: A beautiful urban bike concept, built for safety
- LEDs turn towering sow's ear into silk purse in Paris
- Airline tests LED travel kits to combat jetlag
- 'Revolutionary' LED technology secures strong investment
Related video on SmartPlanet: