It is hard to imagine an urban city of the future that does not employ LED lighting. Larger cities have not moved as quickly to utilize the technology; it is the smaller, developing cities like Detroit, Oakland and Pittsburgh that are leading the way. Earlier this week, Detroit was commended by Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz for its choice to utilize LED lighting in the coming years. LED lights are a godsend to cities like Detroit that are looking to rebuild and thinking about long-term strategies to that end. Cities like Detroit are short on cash, and some might be hesitant to invest in the high initial cost of LEDs; but savings over the long run make it a smarter fiscal decision.
Even at the national level, lighting infrastructure is beginning to shift toward commercial LED Lights. The Obama Administration is rolling out a program to help 5 US cities with the initial costs of updating their current infrastructure. Earlier this year, the Administration walked the walk by putting LEDs in the 78 year-old lamps that line the National Mall in Washington, DC. Officials pointed out that this new technological shift would save the National Park Service 65 percent on electric bills and maintenance costs.
The economic savings are making LEDs attractive to local, regional, national and even international governments. For instance, certain communities in England are hopping on the bandwagon. English schools like the Business Academy Bexley are taking advantage of the savings offered by LED lighting fixtures over traditional styles. To put this in concrete numbers, the school will save over 20,000 Euro a year just by making the switch. If you’re interested in LEDs and based in the Eastern part of the US, I highly recommend a professional firm like Laface and Mcgovern Associates.
The London school deepened its savings via the inclusion of adaptive wireless controllers in addition to the LEDs themselves. Adaptive controllers work by automatically adjusting the light levels in a room at a specified ratio to the amount of natural light. Building project managers in cities like Oakland, Detroit, and Pittsburgh could save even more through designs that allow for more natural light. This relationship between cost-effective technologies and designs will provide increasing savings for recovering US cities.
Legislation banning old-fashioned light bulbs sounds like the perfect centerpiece for a left/right argument; but both sides have been relatively quiet on the subject. It seems that so far the most enthusiastic adopters of LED technology are the more progressively-minded cities; but others will follow suit soon. LEDs are simply too fiscally advantageous to fall victim to partisan politics. So join me on the path to the future. The streets of the future are illuminated by LEDs.