The historic city of Salem, Massachusetts made the switch to energy-efficient LEDs during a recent unveiling ceremony in the city center. As it turns out, 350 street lamps will now be lit with LED bulbs, which will reduce the town's energy consumption by 68 percent.
"With these LED kits, we have been able to substantially reduce our energy consumption, save in operational and maintenance costs, and improve the look of our streets. The project seems to be a win for everybody involved," said city electrician John Giardi.
The project was funded by a $245,624 donation from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts called the "Green Communities" grant. LED lighting was one of the many products that fell under the eligible programs list, and the city was happy to revamp their lighting system. All in all, the program should save the city over $37,000 per year, while conserving a great deal of energy in the process.
LED lighting has also become a popular choice for homeowners who are looking to reduce the size of their utility bills. According to CreeLEDRevolution.com, LED lighting can save up to 85 percent of the electricity used by incandescent bulbs and around 50 percent of the energy used by fluorescents.