Recasting a showbiz city in the best light

Amerlux's high-performing Avista LED light engine reduces energy costs by 75% in LA's historic downtown area

Home to nearly four million people, Los Angeles is a sprawling city renowned for its appealing climate, metropolitan culture and storied position as the seat of the entertainment industry. Steeped in rich history, the city’s unique spirit is derived from its century-old legacy and love of modern architecture. As a result, Los Angeles was steadfast on embracing new technologies and preserving its past when it planned to upgrade the streetlights within its historic downtown section several years ago.

Among the more than 185,000 of Los Angeles’ roughly 215,000 streetlights that have so far been upgraded to LEDs by the city’s Bureau of Street Lighting, the 1920s-era streetlights within the historic downtown section of LA were a particular target for upgrade by the city. Previously lit with older, inefficient 250-Watt high pressure sodium (HPS) technology, the lighting in the downtown area—home to the city’s popular Arts District and “Historic Core” section—was in need of modernization but required a more customized approach to ensure its continuity and compatibility with current LED technology.

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