Basseterre, St. Kitts in the West Indies is in the first phase of replacing all of its 5,000 street lights. It will use energy-efficient LED bulbs. The upgrade dovetailed from a government initiative to use renewable energy, as well as to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels.
The LEDs will help the area go greener, thanks to the many benefits they provide, including burning less energy, lasting longer, and requiring less maintenance.
The project will see incandescent high-pressure sodium streetlights replaced with 80-watt LED bulbs. According to government officials, the new LEDs will burn 50 percent of the energy but produce the same output.
Another location overseas moving to LEDs is the city of Madrid, Spain. Madrid officials will upgrade a segment of city lighting with Internet-connected LEDs. According to a Gizmag article, 84,000 street lights out of 225,000 will be replaced with LEDs. Benefits of the switch to LEDs include better efficiency, lower costs, and improved light quality.
Also, Buenos Aires, Argentina, is undergoing a similar upgrade. The city is switching 91,000 street lights (70 percent of the city’s lighting) with LED-connected technology.
In Other LED News
• According to ReportsnReports.com, the LED lighting market in Japan will grow at 17.73% CAGR by 2019. The organization also revealed that a major trend to expect in Japan’s LED market is the declining average selling price of LED light bulbs, as a result of their increased adoption in various lighting applications.
• Lighting Science Group Corporation announced the launch of its Vintage Filament Series of LED lamps. These LED lamps, which emit exceptional light distribution, mimic the look and feel of conventional filament-based lamps. In the initial launch, Lighting Science is issuing an A19 lamp and a decorative candelabra lamp, available in a flame or blunt tip. More styles will be coming soon.
• UK leisure airline Thomson Airways plans to retrofit 23 aircraft with LED lighting. According to Aerospace Manufacturing and Design, the airline will retrofit nine of its Boeing 737NG fleet and 14 of its 757 fleet with a plug-and-play programmable blue and white LED mood lighting system designed specifically for commercial aircraft cabins.