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Country Club Plaza Switches Lights To Environmentally Friendly LED Bulbs

Highwoods Properties

When the Country Club Plaza's traditional holiday light display is switched on this Thanksgiving, nearly 85 percent of the bulbs will be new LEDs. 

LEDs typically cost more up front than regular incandescent bulbs, but they also consume anywhere from one-twentieth to one-tenth of the energy.

Gayle Terry, spokeswoman for Highwoods Properties, the company that owns the Plaza, said that the transition to LEDs was long expected.

"In 2010, we started playing around with different parts of the plaza to see how LEDs would fit in," Terry said. "Technology has really stepped up, so I think, aesthetically, we're ready to transition.”

The remaining 15 percent are larger bulbs that Highwoods didn't feel could be replaced by LEDs. The group hopes to phase them out by 2015. 

Cody Newill is part of KCUR's audience development team. Follow him on Twitter @CodyNewill or email him at cody@kcur.org.
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