Houston Lights go LED

The city of Houston moves to convert all the bulbs at its traffic stops to LEDs, aiming to save energy and money.
December 17, 2008, 11am PST | Larry Schooler
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"Although the 'light-emitting diode,' or LED, traffic signals will cost 16 times more than incandescent bulbs, their seven-year lifespan is six years longer.

'We want to use energy-efficient lighting and make energy-efficient improvements for the same reason that Wal-Mart does, and that is to reduce costs and save money over the long run and to give Houston a competitive advantage, said Mayor Bill White.

The project is one of several "green initiatives" in the works at City Hall, including establishing new energy-reducing building codes, installing solar panels, buying renewable power and hybrid vehicles and vastly stepping up city recycling programs.

Because debt will be used to finance the project - paid for with funds from energy savings - the cost will go up over the life of the new bulbs by several million dollars, according to a detailed analysis produced by the Public Works and Engineering department."

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Published on Thursday, December 11, 2008 in Houston Chronicle
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