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According to new projections from Pike Research, shipments of LED street lights will grow to more than 17 million units annually by 2012 – compared with just 3 million this year. One of the biggest motivators for these projects, aside from the anticipated energy savings, is the potential for reduced maintenance costs, according to the Pike report. “LED lamps allow for better dimming control than standard street lights, and their electronics allow for easy integration of control nodes,” said Pike senior research analyst Eric Woods. “Rising sales of LED lamps will therefore drive up the adoption of smart street lighting systems, which promise to bring new levels of control and efficiency to the illumination of our cities, communities, highways, and public spaces.”

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