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Major solar LED street lighting installation to occur along Mexico superhighway

Lighting Science PROLIFIC DC wind- and solar-powered LED street lights will soon light up Mexico City’s newly constructed “Viaducto Bicentenario” elevated superhighway. The project, which is nearing completion, is being jointly announced by Lighting Science Group and BHP Energy México S. de R.L. de C.V., Lighting Science Group’s exclusive representative in Mexico. The companies say Viaducto Bicentenario, named for Mexico’s Bicentennial, will be a shining example of the most efficient roadway lighting technology in the world.


“This is the first elevated superhighway in Mexico that will be illuminated entirely by solar-powered LED streetlights, and our customer required the most efficient and reliable illumination system available to complement the advanced nature of its solar power system,” said Alan Barson, CEO of BHP Energy Mexico. “After extensive research and testing, we selected Lighting Science Group’s PROLIFIC DC series LED RoadWay 100 W street light for this project.”


Compared with traditional HID street lights, Lighting Science says the PROLIFIC series LED street lights are at least 50% more energy efficient, provide a more uniform light distribution, increase light levels and will save thousands of dollars in energy and maintenance cost over the life of the fixtures. The company added that the PROLIFIC LED technology eliminates costly re-lamping and re-ballasting of HID street lights and direct line wiring is used in place of starters or capacitors to eliminate traditional maintenance issues. The PROLIFIC DC series have been engineered to be powered by low-voltage direct current electricity produced by solar and wind energy sources providing maximum flexibility for off electrical grid installation, says the company.


“With the PROLIFIC DC series, countries around the world now have the freedom to install virtually anywhere environmentally friendly, affordable and energy-efficient street lights that have better lighting quality than traditional HID lights,” said Zach Gibler, CEO of Lighting Science Group. “I would like to thank BHP Energy México S. de R.L. de C.V. for introducing our cutting-edge PROLIFIC DC series products into Mexico, an important lighting market for the company.”


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August 21, 2010  By  John Gilson

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