Located in the Irish midlands in County Laois, Portlaoise is one of Ireland’s fastest growing modern towns, with an international community, a unique culture and a stunning history.
In September 2014, the County Council decided to start replacing old street lights and to introduce LED luminaires, involving three main streets of the town: Stradbally Road, JFL Avenue and Abbyleix Road.
After evaluating traditional lighting technology already adopted in past projects, such as induction, the County Council instead chose Cree® LED luminaires. Their decision was driven by the long-life of the products and by the minimum maintenance costs.
For this roadway project, 216 Cree® XSP Series LED fixtures were installed, the ideal choice for metropolitan and other municipal areas looking to save money and reduce maintenance costs.
This represents for the Town and the County the first pilot green program with future ambitions to become a long term objective with the upgrading of the entire lighting system of the town, fully switching to LEDs. This commitment is also driven by the 20/20 European commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, raise the share of energy consumption produced from renewable resources, and improve energy efficiency, all within the year 2020. The new lighting fixtures from Cree will allow the municipality to gain significant energy savings, from 50 to 60%, and maintenance savings of around 60-70% compared to the previous lighting system.