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Taiwan Opts for LED Streetlamps to Lower Carbon Footprint

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Traditional street lighting in Taiwan is soon to get better lighting technology with the introduction of smart Light Emitting Diode (LED) streetlamps. These lights are known to be more electricity-efficient, have longer life-cycles, costeffectiveness, and better performance ratings in comparison to the typical mercury vapor streetlamps and sodium pressurized lamps. Over and above these factors, LED streetlamps are likely to save the Taiwanese government substantial maintenance and replacement costs as well.

Nearly thirty percent of the traditional streetlamps will be replaced, saving nearly 40 percent in costs, that is almost $US27 million in electricity fees, while it will cost the government US$66 million to install LED streetlamps. The phased project is expected to be completed in three to five years and will include a further funding of an additional $US202 billion. In the first phase about 300,000 streetlamps will be replaced across five municipalities spread over 13 Taiwanese counties.

The Ministry of Economic Affairs said that by replacing traditional streetlamps with LED streetlamps, greater energy-efficiency, substantial cost savings and better quality lighting will now be available across Taiwan.

Taiwan’s progressive adoption of LED technology to light its streets will translate into substantial fall in carbon emissions as well. Close to 1.5 million traditional street lamps will now be replaced with more energy-efficient Light Emitting Diode streetlamps. With countries around the world turning towards more efficient technology to reduce energy consumption and lower energy expenses, the Taiwanese government has taken the initial steps towards its own sustainable energy and energy management.

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