Energy efficient light bulbs are coming to the national Mall in Washington. LED lights have been substituted on light poles lining the Mall that runs from the Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial and should save the government 60 percent to 65 percent on its utility bill, The Washington Post
The government, which will throw the switch on the new illumination Monday night, also got a break on purchase and installation costs. The LED lights were donated by bulb maker Osram Sylvania and installed by local utility company Pepco. The Mall consumes the most electricity of all the 397 national parks, according to the Post.
LEDs are brighter and last longer than traditional bulbs and the National Park Service does not expect to have to replace them for up to 25 years.
The government-mandated phase out of incandescent bulbs begins this week when retailers are supposed to stop selling 100-watt incandescent bulbs. All such bulbs are to be off the market by 2014, the Post reported.
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