General Electric (GE) is set to debut many outdoor LED (light-emitting diode) lighting systems this year, including their new HID (high-intensity discharge) alternative. These systems are said to outlast other HID systems, while providing great quality light that saves energy, too (no surprise there, of course).

The color temperature of these systems is 5,500K (which is higher than normal) and has 70+ color-rendering index. They are tested to last much longer than traditional systems, and thankfully, they’re also designed to meet the full cut-off criteria set out by IESNA (Illuminating Engineering Society of North America). That means they’ll also prevent unnecessary light pollution, too! So we’re excited about their improved lighting choices.

Standard HID lighting systems, such as 400-watt quartz metal halide systems, require a lot of energy to run and more frequent maintenance. The new GE HID systems actually deliver 60 percent energy savings, a longer life, and require maintenance only every 50,000 hours, which is four times the recommended service interval of standard HID systems. In fact, the 50,000 hour planned service interval of these LED lights is quite a bit longer than the traditional 20,000 hour life and 14,000 hour re-lamp intervals experienced for regular quartz metal halides.

By using the advanced light-focusing features of LED solid state technology, GE’s new lights shine only where they are needed. And by providing a uniform illumination with low glare, they also result in improved performance.

GE is also working on many other LED lighting applications, including those for refrigerated display case systems. Their new LED fixtures for things like frozen and cold display cases in grocery stores will also cut maintenance and replacement costs, as well as energy consumption. Wal-Mart has recently signed on to retrofit their refrigerated display case lighting with these new LED systems and stands to see a big energy win in the process.

LED lighting has come a long way in the past few years, but good quality lighting is sometimes hard to discern among so many other options. A big company like GE, with their rigorous testing procedures, focus on quality, and commitment to green, should help to improve quality problems.