GE Lighting Saves Stamford, CT an Annual $146,000 in Energy Savings
Oct 28, 2011
A lead lighting provider, GE Lighting was recently involved in an LED replacement project in Stamford, CT. Replaced were over 250 high-pressure sodium (HPS) lamps with the GE Evolve LED Roadway Medium Cobrahead (ERMC) fixtures.
Nancy Pippicelli, energy and utility manager for the city of Stamford, explained "glare was a major concern," and the amount created in the 6000K temperature range left evaluators unhappy "with the illumination." However, the high light quality and reduced glare produced by more recent 4300K LED bulbs met Stamford's needs. Moreover, the LEDs' high efficiency lend to "curbing costs" and lighting the streets with "a really aesthetically pleasing light source."
Funds for the installation project began with $700,000 gained from the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant, with an additional $100,000 from the city. These have already proven to be successful investments, leading to the $357,000 rebate from the state of Connecticut's electrical provider. This energy- and cost-efficient cycle will continue as the city plans for its next round of installations of the GE Cobraheads, amounting to another 467 streets that will be added next year. So far, Stamford reports annual energy savings of $146,000, while the 50,000 hour-rated life and low maintenance of the bulbs should further decrease lighting cost for the city.
Author: Rebecca Milne
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