Cherokees to light town with Lumec LEDs

Philips Lumec, Boisbriand, Quebec, Canada, has announced that members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians of western North Carolina have chosen LED lighting solutions to illuminate  their downtown streetscapes. In doing so, they clearly place Cherokee, NC, a town of 14,500 residents located on the south end of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, in a select group of communities choosing environmentally responsible LED lighting technologies.
   The Band chose the LifeLED product, manufactured by Philips Lumec, as the light source for their downtown streetscapes.
   “We’re dramatically upgrading both the technology and the overall look of our community,” said Damon Lambert, transportation planner, Cherokee Dept. of Transportation.  “Most importantly, we’re estimating a savings of about $23,000 annually with the LED system.  So, in spite of some additional front-end cost, the estimated payback is well within the expected life of the system. We felt the investment to be a wise one for now and the future.  We considered 250-W metal-halide lamps initially, but when we saw the performance of the LED system it quickly became the preferred option.”
   Working in concert with Proctor Hodge Architecture, Cherokee, NC, and Hodge & Associates, Knoxville, TN, to upgrade the community’s 40+ year-old existing lighting system, the first three phases of the LED lighting system are to be installed by late summer, 2009.—Gary L. Parr