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LED Technology In Richland Has Cost Effective Results

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RICHLAND, Wash.-- New technology is turning out very cost effective for the city of Richland.

This project was initiated back in 2002, when traffic engineers decided to replace incandescent bulbs in traffic signals with LED ones.

The city says this cost effective method has saved over $150,000 so far. Civil engineers also say the maintenance of LED technology is a lot cheaper, and the differences in life expectancy of these bulbs is an important fact to consider.

Mark Nogal, Civil Traffic Engineer said, "a traditional incandescent bulb had a failure rate on average of 18 months, and led lamps we use have been going for six years now and they're expected to last 10."

City traffic engineers also hope the long life expectancy of LED technology will result in less traffic accidents.

To this day the city has replaced about 1000 bulbs. This means almost 50 traffic signals have now been changed to this new technology.

Engineers also say this new method is making the repairs of traffic signals much easier.