Ann Arbor Selects Relume Vue LED Street Lights

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Oxford-based Relume Technologies, a manufacturer of light-emitting diode products and smart grid control systems for outdoor lighting applications, was chosen by the City of Ann Arbor to upgrade its existing street and area lighting to Relume’s Vue 150 LED street lights. Installation of the first 250 LED fixtures is scheduled to begin almost immediately and will further reduce the city’s lighting expenses and carbon dioxide emissions.

The switch to Relume’s LED Vue fixtures is the next phase in the city’s goal to replace all its public lighting with cost effective, energy efficient LED lights. 

In 2008, Relume was chosen by Ann Arbor for its first large-scale LED installation project, converting 1,400 downtown street lamps to Relume’s decorative LED globe fixtures. The installation resulted in a 65 percent reduction in energy consumption and a combined energy and maintenance savings of $130,000 annually.

“Ann Arbor was one of the first cities in the nation to begin converting its existing lighting systems to LED fixtures,” said Michael McClear, CEO for Relume. “We are excited to partner with the city once again to further its reputation as leader in the application of LED lighting.”

Lumecon, a Farmington Hills-based distributor of traffic and LED lighting products, worked with the city during the selection process, evaluating LED street light manufacturers based on critical elements, such as light uniformity, brightness, energy efficiency and domestic content.

“The City of Ann Arbor selected the Relume Vue 150 because it has the most even light output, best thermal management and a proven track record with the City over the past four years,” said Chuck Fojtik, field operations supervisor for the city of Ann Arbor.

Relume’s new Vue family of street and roadway fixtures combine the latest in CREE LEDs, system electronics, thermal management, and optical design to make LED lighting a practical reality for street and roadway lighting applications. 

The company’s LED outdoor lights use 40 percent of the electricity of conventional street lights and last up to six times longer. The substantial savings in reduced energy and maintenance costs results in an average payback time on investment of less than four years. In addition, Vue fixtures contain no hazardous materials and are fully recyclable.

In addition to the City of Ann Arbor, Relume has implemented LED conversion projects in a number of Michigan cities, including Battle Creek, Benton Harbor, the Village of Oxford and Pontiac, as well as additional cities across North America, such as Toronto, Arlington, Va. and Canton, Ohio.

Relume has production facilities in Oxford and sales outlets in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Europe and the Middle East. Its products include street lights, parking structure and parking lot fixtures, street name lighting systems and innovative decorative area lights. Relume also manufactures lighting for commercial signs, billboard luminaires and specialized products for the military and government. Relume is an equal opportunity employer with ISO 9001-2008 certified production management systems. Relume is a member of the Michigan Solid State Lighting Association.

For more information on the line of high brightness LED lighting solutions from Relume call (248) 969-3800 or e-mail info@relume.com.

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