GE Lighting lights up the streets of Oakland

The city of Oakland, California continues to build on its reputation as one of America’s greenest cities with the move to upgrade more than 30,000 street lights to GE’s Evolve™ LED Roadway Scalable Cobrahead fixtures, which are expected to deliver more than $1.4 million savings in annual energy and maintenance costs to the West Coast port city. 

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Oakland’s commitment to energy efficiency is best illustrated by the fact that the city has been named among the top ten green and sustainable US cities eight times in the last several years and fourth among large cities by both the Natural Resources Defence Council and the Mother Nature Network.

“The program again proves that Oakland is a national leader in civic innovation, saving money and helping to protect the environment,” said Mayor Jean Quan.

“These lights burn less energy, which means we’re reducing our energy bills and our energy use at the same time, and their much longer lifespan also means we’re reducing our e-waste footprint. Everyone who has contributed to this project is helping Oaklanders and making our city proud.”

According to the press release by GE, the new LED street lighting fixtures will convert existing 70- to 400-watt high pressure sodium (HPS) fixtures and reduce energy consumption and maintenance costs in the excess of 40% due to the longer life of the Led lighting fixtures.

GE’s advanced LED optical design offers hundreds of photometric options to meet precise street lighting requirements while delivering reduced glare and improved light control.

“After identifying Oakland’s needs, we decided the GE Evolve fixture would best suit this project,” said Kristian Reyes, Graybar manager, Lighting Business.

“Because the Evolve fixture offers best-in-class scalability and flexibility, we could easily tailor the solution to meet Oakland’s requirements.”

GE’s LED lighting solution will not only answer the city’s requirements for energy efficiency, it will also enhance public spaces and provide beautiful “make-up” to the city by the San Francisco Bay, which was ranked as the “fifth most desirable destination to visit in 2012” by The New York Times.

“LED lighting is a win-win situation for the residents of Oakland. This bright lighting has been desperately needed in our most vulnerable neighbourhoods such as West Oakland,” said Council Member Lynette McElhaney.

“Because these lights are so energy efficient, the city will be saving a great deal of money that we can dedicate to other ways to enhance the quality of life for all Oaklanders.”

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