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Central Park Now Glows With Energy-Saving Cree LED Street Lights

Posted By Molly Cotter On November 27, 2012 @ 9:02 am In Energy,Green Space,Manhattan | No Comments

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Just a short time after receiving a $100 million donation [2] from an adoring New Yorker, Central Park also underwent a new green lighting makeover. Last month, the New York City Department of Transportation [3] and the U.S. Department of Energy GATEWAY program [4] successfully installed nearly 1,600 LED lights in Central Park [5] which will cut the energy used without sacrificing style or safety. Designed by Cree, [6] the lights were also fitted inside the traditional cast iron light stands that currently dot the walkways, so they still cast a familiar glow. The Cree lights have an estimated 75,000-hour lifespan [7] and are expected to reduce energy usage by 62%, saving the park almost $30,000 a year in maintenance fees! Next time you are enjoying an evening stroll in Central Park, be sure to keep an eye out for these lovely new lights.

+ Cree Lighting [7]

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/central-park-now-glows-with-energy-saving-cree-led-street-lights/cre-led-lights-in-central-park-1/

[2] $100 million donation: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/new-york-man-donates-a-whopping-100-million-to-central-park/

[3] New York City Department of Transportation: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/home/home.shtml

[4] U.S. Department of Energy GATEWAY program: http://www1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/ssl/gatewaydemos.html

[5] Central Park: http://www.centralparknyc.org/

[6] Cree,: http://www.cree.com/news-and-events/cree-news/press-releases/2012/october/central-park

[7] 75,000-hour lifespan: http://www.cree.com/lighting

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