On November 15, 2011, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will host a 90-minute live webcast on new recommendations for implementing energy-saving street lighting projects. Called the “Model Specification for LED Roadway Luminaires,” the new guidelines were developed by members of DOE’s Municipal Solid-State Street Lighting Consortium to assist cities, utilities, and other local agencies in selecting and securing the LED—or light emitting diode—lighting solutions that are best for them. The model specification was developed with feedback from a manufacturers’ working group and can help organizations save money and energy by converting their street and roadway lighting to LED technology. The webcast will begin promptly at 1:00 p.m. EST and will include a 60-minute presentation, followed by a 30-minute question-and-answer session with attendees.
Ranking among the biggest fixed costs for cities, streetlights are typically on all night long, 365 days a year. The estimated 35 million streetlights in the U.S. consume as much electricity each year as 3.9 million households, and generate greenhouse gas emissions equal to that produced by 8 million cars.
The new guidelines are designed specifically for LED luminaires—or lighting fixtures—which can save energy and money for cities, reduce maintenance costs, and improve visibility. The Model Specification is available with user-selectable options and a flexible format that allow users to modify default values to fit their local design criteria.
During the webcast, Jason Tuenge of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory will provide an overview of the recommendations and explain how they can be customized to meet the particular needs of each municipality or utility in order to help them put together effective bid documents for LED street lighting products. The webcast will be moderated by Consortium Director Edward Smalley of Seattle City Light. For more information on the webcast, visit the registration page.
DOE created the Municipal Solid-State Street Lighting Consortium in 2010 to inform and harmonize the efforts of the many cities that are evaluating and implementing LED street lighting products. The Consortium is building a repository of information, experience, and tools—such as the new specification—to share with the public. For more information on the Consortium, visit the Consortium website.
DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy invests in clean energy technologies that strengthen the economy, protect the environment, and reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil. Learn more about DOE’s support of research and development of energy-efficient solid-state lighting, and visit our Energy Savers lighting choices website to start saving money by saving energy.