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Monday, October 28, 2013

LED Lighting Pros and Cons:
Two Views

LED Lighting Pros and Cons
Bank of America Plaza in Fort Lauderdale, Fla

Many cities are drastically revising their street lighting by switching to LED based lighting. While these changes promise huge monetary savings, not everyone is thrilled with the new street lights. Here are two different points of view.

LED street lamps shine above passing vehicles at
Pacific and Jeffersonstreets in Monterey, CA (DAVID ROYAL/The Monterey Herald)

In January 2012 in Monterey, California the city's 1,900 street and tunnel lights — in a move to sharply reduce city energy use — were switched from yellow-orange, high-pressure sodium fixtures to white light-emitting diode, or LED, fixtures. Shortly afterwards a group called Turn Down the Lights filed suit, contending that LED fixtures throw out a bright light that floods homes and streets and poses a hazard to motorists, walkers and wildlife.

These two articles, one from Forbes and the other from The Monterey Herald, help shine a light on the different viewpoints on LED lighting. 

LED Lighting Creeps Toward Tipping Point

Monterey has spent $80,000 against lawsuit over lights

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