LEDs Look Brighter

Compact fluorescent light bulbs still get most of the attention. But light-emitting diodes (LEDs) offer longer life and additional efficiency gains—albeit at a higher price. That’s why cities like Raleigh, Ann Arbor, Toronto have begun to replace lights in parking garages and other municipal buildings with LEDs. And on Jan. 30, the city of Austin joined in the program. Austin officials figure that retrofitting 5,000 high pressure sodium street lights with LEDs would save the city $500,000 a year in energy costs — not to mention additional savings in maintenance and labor.

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