New York turning from day to night.  Image © Stephen Wilkes

New York turning from day to night. Image © Stephen Wilkes

All 250,000 NYC street lights will be replaced with energy-efficient LEDs, in the largest LED retrofit in the U.S.

Mayor Bloomberg of NYC and Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan announced all 250,000 standard street light fixtures in New York City will be replaced with energy-efficient, light-emitting diodes (LED) by 2017.

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The $79 million project would save the city $6 million in energy costs and $8 million in maintenance per year.

Aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from City government operations 30 percent by 2017.

“Using LEDs for street lighting is more than just a bright idea, it’s a necessity for sustainable cities to operate more efficiently while also delivering clearer, better quality light for New Yorkers.”

New York City metropolitan area at night from one of the Expedition 35 crew members aboard the Earth-orbiting International Space Station.

New York City metropolitan area at night from one of the Expedition 35 crew members aboard the Earth-orbiting International Space Station.

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Source: Worldlesstech