In Scottsburg, Indiana, a new generation of high-intensity lights is illuminating the city's streets. They're among the nation's first street lights to feature Light Emitting Plasma (LEP) technology from LUXIM. As some US cities switch off their street lights to close budget gaps, Scottsburg is taking bold action to upgrade its municipal lighting with an energy-efficient alternative. The transition is helping to create up to 50 local "green" jobs. By the end of the project, more than 600 LEP-powered street lights will be deployed across the city in fixtures designed and manufactured locally by Scottsburg-based Stray Light Optical Technologies, Inc. The installation will cut energy use in half and save the city $70,000 per year.
The new street lights replace conventional High Intensity Discharge (HID) lamps that have long been used for this high-output application. Scottsburg officials, led by Mayor William Graham, evaluated several replacement options, including LEDs. LEP was selected for its brighter output, exceptional color quality, greater energy savings and long life. Its compact form factor -- the size of a tic-tac -- means it can be flexibly deployed to deliver energy savings in multiple applications, while its 50,000-hour life is three times longer than HID lamps. Moreover, LEP can be dimmed to 20 percent -- a feature that offers additional energy savings.
LUXIM CEO, Tony McGettigan, paid tribute to the project, saying, "This is a great example of local government and small business working together to reduce energy costs, create jobs and improve the local environment. It is energy efficiency working as it should: not restrictive but inventive; not closing down but building up. We are happy that LEP is part of the story, but the real story is one of revival where people are taking charge, stepping out and stepping up."
Stray Light Optical Technology's CEO, Gerald Rea, also commented, "When we looked for the best light source for this project, LEP was the standout. Beyond the usual benefits we expect, LUXIM's product also offers integrated motion control and power line networking, which further reduces energy consumption. We're keenly aware that this project represents a substantial investment by the city of Scottsburg. By partnering with LUXIM, we exceeded the rigorous specs and provided a compelling solution."
LEP is a trademark of LUXIM.
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