LA City Hall Park Turns Greener with LED Lighting
When the park surrounding Los Angeles City Hall reopened after 8 months of repair work, sustainability and energy conservation were among the criteria for its restoration. City Hall Park was cordoned off by chain-link fence last year after police cleared hundreds of Occupy L.A. demonstrators who had camped on the lawn for nearly 2 months.
“We were presented with a choice: reinvest in a park that is greener, smarter and more sustainable,” proclaimed Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa at the official reopening ceremony in July. The nearly $1 million in renovations included a smart irrigation installation, water retention schemes, turf reduction, replanting with water-stingy native vegetation and investment in energy-efficient LED lighting.
Located around the tree-lined pathways and stairs of the 1.7-acre park are 13 lampposts whose 130-Watt high-pressure-sodium post-top bulbs were replaced with 27-watt LED lamps from LEDtronics, Inc., of Torrance, California.
Apart from the energy savings of 103 Watts per unit, the LED lamps offer much longer product lifespans than HPS or the metal halide alternative, resulting in reduced replacement and maintenance costs. Improved visibility, enhanced night vision (as compared with high-glare from HID lamps) and reduced hot-spots all help with crime prevention. Light pollution is reduced because light is directed where it’s needed and not upward into surrounding office buildings. Plus, there’s no ultraviolet emissions in the light that attract insects..
The warm-white acorn-style post-top lamps provide a uniform pattern of light. The ETL-listed units feature a ventilated assembly that maintains a cool-running light source and optimized circuitry that corrects the power factor for maximum efficiency. They were made in the USA from imported parts and meet Buy American requirements within the ARRA program.
Similar LEDtronics post-top LED lamps have been installed in neighborhoods all around Southern California, including the Pasadena Civic Center and its residential streets; Mountain Gate Park in Corona; all along Linden Avenue and the Metro station in Carpinteria; Library Park in Monrovia and streets in Santa Ana.
For more than 80 years the park surrounding the main City Hall building has served as a gathering place for the community and elected officials in the urban center of Los Angeles. With its latest rehabilitation with environment-friendly landscaping, water conservation and energy-efficient lighting from LEDtronics, the park has also become, as Mayor Villaraigosa indicated, a “symbol of sustainability.”
Based in Torrance, California, LEDtronics, Inc. is a leader in designing, manufacturing and packaging solid state lighting products and state-of-the-art LEDs to meet the world’s constantly changing lighting needs—from industrial control panel LED indicator lights to LED street lights, from incandescent-replacement lamps to fluorescent-replacement T8s.