New Energy-Efficient Street Lights to Save Costs

Savings of $1.1 million annually in electricity costs are expected with 14,000 new energy-efficient light-emitting diode (LED) street lights from Philips in Boston.

Improving the city’s energy use and environmental footprint, more than 14,000 mercury-vapor street and roadway luminaires are being replaced in Boston neighborhoods by Philips Hadco’s New RX1 and RX2.

The LED’s – which maximize energy savings and provide uniform, comfortable and aesthetically pleasing white light – are expected to save the city approximately 8.9 million kilowatt hours of energy each year, yielding a savings of about $1.1 million annually in the cost of electricity, according to Royal Philips Electronics.

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The RX1 is based on the Philips LEDGINE LED platform, which features LUXEON LEDs and a modular approach which allows for future upgrades as the technology advances. 

The new lighting will help eliminate more than 5,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually and enable Boston to further its billing as the “3rd Greenest City in North America” according to Popular Science magazine, says Philips.

The project also coincides with the release of the City’s updated climate action plan, “A Climate of Progress,” which calls for reducing citywide greenhouse gas emissions 25-percent by 2020.

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“Boston is among a growing group of environmentally and fiscally responsible cities that understand the long-term benefits of adopting innovative lighting technologies such as LED,” said Zia Eftekhar, chief executive officer of Philips Lighting North America.

Designed to last for about 18 years, or four times longer than the lamps they are replacing, the Philips Hadco RX1 and RX2 LEDGINE luminaires are also expected to generate savings in maintenance costs for the city. They are mercury-free and are available in multiple color temperatures.

Installation is expected to be complete in December 2011. Philips Hadco worked with Hurry Associates on this project.

Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands is a diversified health and well-being company.

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