SOURCE: Industrial Info Resources

November 19, 2009 05:15 ET

LED Streetlights, a Money-Saving Tool for America's Cities and Towns, a Feature of "Industry Today" on

SUGAR LAND, TX--(Marketwire - November 19, 2009) - Researched by Industrial Info Resources (Sugar Land, Texas) -- When Ann Arbor, Michigan, suffered a 60% electrical budget cut, the city turned to the NECA-IBEW team to keep citizens safe while driving or walking on city sidewalks. Using workers from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), a contractor who is a member of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) retrofitted LED light panels inside the city's existing streetlights.

Energy used by each lamp was cut in half, from 120 to 56 watts. The LED lights reportedly will last five times longer than normal bulbs, producing added savings through reduced maintenance costs for Ann Arbor.

As cities across America struggle financially, municipal officials must do more with less. Street lighting waste is ripe for the plucking. Almost all of our country's 68 million streetlights are outdated and inefficient.

Municipalities can save with new, efficient LED lights; return on investment for LED replacements can come in fewer than four years. Contractors and workers who are part of the NECA-IBEW team are uniquely situated to help -- which is why the Ann Arbor retrofit was featured in a recent video on

See the ElectricTV webcast to learn how an LED overhaul made economic and environmental sense in Ann Arbor -- and may for your town, too.

Founded in 1901, NECA serves the management interests of U.S. electrical contractors. With 119 chapters in all 50 states, NECA is the electrical industry leader -- in labor relations, training, education, advocacy, and research.

Serving as the voice of electrical workers in the U.S. and Canada, the IBEW (founded in 1891) has 750,000 members. With the knowledge, skills, and professionalism that its members demonstrate every day, the IBEW represents the best electricians in the world.

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