Image credit: Philips Lumec LED and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians of western North Carolina
Eastern Cherokee Band Chooses LED Street Lighting
LED streetlights are gaining momentum - from Dusseldorf's replacement of gas lamps for LEDs, to Anchorage's LED street light plan that, it is said, will save the city $360,000 a year, this seems to be the cutting edge of street lighting technology. Now a Native American community in western North Carolina looks set to become the latest community to choose LEDs to light their town and pave the way toward a more energy efficient future.
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians of western North Carolina is working with Philips Lumec to light its downtown streets with the company's LifeLED energy efficient street lighting. The press release from Philips Lumec claims that the project, which is replacing a lighting system that is over 40 years old, will save the town of 14,500 residents somewhere in the region of $23,000 annually, and the town will more than make its money back on the additional upfront investment. Beyond energy savings, the makers also claim the system will reduce light pollution and improve visibility and safety.
Mark Dean, Philips Lumec's national sales manager, suggested that this project is just a natural extension of the band of Cherokee Indian's traditional values: "The Band of Cherokee Indians decision to utilize LifeLED technology reinforces their ages old commitment to improving quality of life and to preserving the environment and we're very proud to be a part of this project."