September 13, 2000

ROSEMEAD, Calif., Sept. 13, 2000-Southern California Edison is offering municipalities within its service area the opportunity to save money, earn rebates, and reduce labor by switching to energy-efficient light emitting diode (LED) lamps for traffic lights. 

The program is part of a statewide effort to conserve energy and promote energy efficiency.  The bulbs can reduce energy usage by up to 90% compared to standard lights.  LED traffic signal bulbs can last up to 10 years, instead of one year for traditional bulbs, reducing the work required to replace them when they burn out.  Retrofitting a standard incandescent traffic signal with LED lamps using the SCE rebate can result in a payback of less than one year.

Qualifying lights meet ENERGY STARÒ specifications established by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency for energy efficiency.  Rebates are available for both 8- and 12-inch lamps in red, green, and amber, and for the orange pedestrian "hand" signal lamp.

The rebate program will be in effect through Friday, Dec. 15, 2001, and is subject to the availability of authorized funds.  Cities and others wishing to take advantage of the program can contact Southern California Edison at 1-626-812-7329 or by email at

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An Edison International company, Southern California Edison is one of the nation's largest electric utilities, serving more than 11 million people in a 50,000-square-mile area within central, coastal and Southern California.