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LED Street Lights

An article in today's Pioneer Press discusses something that the new Maplewood Green Team may look into: LED street lights. Earlier this year I read an article in the National League of Cities newspaper talking about the energy savings from these light-emitting diode fixtures, and I wondered if it was something we'd be seeing in our neck of the woods. Now Xcel Energy is trying them out in some Brooklyn Park neighborhoods. "The utility will test the lights for output and clarity and their performance in harsh weather for one year," the article states. If the test results are good, maybe we'll see more of them around the metro, including Maplewood. These lights cost more up front, but save money over time as they use 25%-50% less electricity and last 4-5 times as long as the conventional technology.


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