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Replaces semaphores optics-adapted to the new LED technology for better energy efficiency (08/01/2009)

The Department of Environment of the City of Totana, under a grant from the Institute for Energy Diversification and Saving of Energy (IDEA), Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Commerce, has undertaken the replacement of the optical traffic signals in different parts of town adapting to new technology to achieve the purpose of energy saving and efficiency.

In the town of Totana have replaced a total of 79 optical light with incandescent lamps or halogen type of technology other LED (Light Emitting Diodes or LEDs) markets, whose environmental benefits are, among others, energy saving and reduction of CO2 emissions into the atmosphere.

The municipal council of this department, Trini Cayuela, has welcomed as "sustainability has come to the field of road signs, and gradually have been gradually replacing the old lights, consisting of a bulb behind glass colored (green, amber or red), a new model that includes a multitude of tiny colored lights, which together, and as a pixel, create an effect similar to that previously had. "

The technology they use these signals, as reported by the mayor, called LED, which consist of an electronic device that emits light of one color when electricity passes through it.

The advantages of this type of traffic lights in front of the former are several, among which are: the new technology lamps consume 10 watts compared to 70 watts of conventional lighting and conventional lamp life of 8,000 hours was about , settling for diodes leds a lifetime of 10 years.

With regard to energy saving and environmental impact, it should be noted that consumption of halogen lights / bulbs, daily (24 hours) for the 79 lenses that were changed was 132.72 KW / day, equivalent to an emission of 0.051 tonnes of CO2 per day, while consumption, with the installation of LED lights, daily (24 hours), the optical switch is 18.96 kW / day, equivalent to an emission of 0.007 tonnes of CO2 day.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Totana

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