LED streetlights, making neighborhoods safer

From main street to the interstate, technology is illuminating our roadways. A company from New York is on the forefront of manufacturing LED streetlights that can change the way a town feels after dark.

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From Main Street to the interstate, technology is illuminating our roadways.

And a company from New York is on the forefront of manufacturing LED streetlights that can change the way a town feels after dark.

Here's a look.

EEP is an LED company, a green company.

They're developing a lot of different types of applications for energy-efficient products.

This particular operation here supports EEP's operation with respect to developing fixtures and retrofit kits.

For instance, last year, we developed the first UL-approved LED tube light fixture.

Right now in this country, you cannot buy another UL-approved LED light fixture except for the one we developed and got approved through UL.

So that gives EEP really a level above any other manufacturer and supplier out there with respect to Underwriters Laboratory's approved fixtures.

Additionally, we're making a lot of retrofit kits for them and developing new products for them to further augment their offerings, as well as assist people in using their energy-efficient products.

I got involved in government as a resident in the Village of Ilion.

And between 2006 and 2010, I had the honor of being the mayor.

And it was during that time, looking for unique ways and methodologies to help add value to the village, save the taxpayers' money, and I got studying LED lighting and was one of the first mayors to install LED lights in central New York on one of the main thoroughfares in the community.

Looking at the technology that was available and how we could use that technology that was really being used in the private sector and how could we transition it to the public sector, and LED was at the top of the candidates list.

It's innovative in the sense that there's a lot of -- Again, the technology's moving, the technology's changing, and we're taking advantage of that.

Rather than just watching it happen, we're taking that opportunity and making something of it.

So we're using some, I won't call them low-tech, but not extremely high-tech pieces as well as some high-tech pieces, and combining those, relying on our synergy to develop really high-tech solutions that put us in the forefront.

You know, the technology that EEP has right now has come so far since 2006, 2008 -- that period when I was involved.

Most people really probably don't even realize now that much of the roadway in many communities across the nation is being lit by LED lights.

More importantly, the light is illuminating the roadways.

So it's focusing not only the light, but it's also focusing the taxpayers' money where it should be.

And that is safety, security, and added value for everyone.