Public Service Electricity & Gas (PSE&G) in New Jersey is testing out a public LED program for the external lighting of several New Jersey neighborhoods. There are a number of potential benefits to making the change that will be looked at during this pilot program.
- LEDs use up to 70% less energy (consider this against over 330,000 lights)
- Environmentally sound, with no harmful gasses or materials
- Environmentally sound AND economical when you consider that an LED can potentially last 10-15 years, whereas a standard street lamp lasts only 2-3 years.
The largest drawbacks at this time are the high cost of LED lights initially, though that price is expected to drop once the technology goes mainstream, and the fact that LEDs MIGHT be temperature sensitive, producing more light in cold months and less light in warm months.
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