By Thomas Content of the Journal Sentinel
June 19, 2013
LED street lights from Wisconsin helped the city of Los Angeles complete the largest LED street light replacement program in the world.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said the $57 million project resulted in the retrofitting of 141,089 street lights with LED bulbs.
The new lights reduce energy use by 63% and curb carbon dioxide emissions by more than 47,000 metric tons a year, according to the city. The energy-saving lights will save the city on its utility bills.
Los Angeles hired BetaLED, a division of Ruud Lighting in Sturtevant, to carry out the retrofit program when it was launched more than four years ago. The Wisconsin lighting technology firm was sold to North Carolina-based Cree Inc. since the program was launched.