- About LEDs
An LED, or light emitting diode, is a semiconductor that emits light when a current passes through it.
LED light bulbs, which come in many different shapes and sizes, save 90 percent energy, last up to 60,000 hours and are cool to the touch.
They are essentially unbreakable because, unlike a traditional light bulb, the bulb is inside a solid case. They are also believed to lessen a carbon footprint and help fight global warming.
LED-based Christmas lights have been available since 2002, but are only now beginning to gain in popularity due to their higher initial purchase cost when compared to similar incandescent-based lights. However, they come in unique colors such as pink.
— Jennifer Bonnett
Posted: Tuesday, April 3, 2012 12:00 am
Galt has retrofitted 184 traditional streetlights with energy-efficient light-emitting diode fixtures and has plans to replace 376 more.
Trading out the old high pressure sodium lights with LED lights will not only save money, but make the streets safer as the new bulbs provide a larger field of light, according to officials.
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 12:00 am.