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New Crab Wheel ‘Glows’ with Savings Thanks to GE’s LED Lighting Donation

On San Francisco’s northern waterfront lies the world-renowned historic fishing district, Fisherman’s Wharf. The city’s most popular tourist destination attracts more than 10 million visitors a year who at the gateway can glimpse a nearly 16-foot iconic symbol of the area’s history and culture—the “crab wheel.”

The Fisherman’s Wharf Community Benefit District recently restored San Francisco’s cherished “crab w ...

The Fisherman’s Wharf Community Benefit District recently restored San Francisco’s cherished “crab wheel” sign while saving an estimated 80 percent in lighting energy usage with GE Tetra® PowerStrip LED sign lighting. (Photo: General Electric)

With the help of Arrow Sign Company and LED sign lighting systems donated from GE, the Fisherman’s Wharf Community Benefit District (CBD) recently restored this cherished landmark while saving an estimated 80 percent in lighting energy usage.

“We reviewed several contractor bids and one of the main factors to choose Arrow Sign Company was its use of GE products,” said Troy Campbell, executive director of Fisherman’s Wharf CBD. “We knew LED technology had the right long-lasting, energy-saving benefits for us, and we felt confident in the GE brand.”

GE donated its Tetra® PowerStrip LED sign lighting to replace the traditional T12 fluorescent tube lighting previously used in the sign. The new sign will consume 80 percent less energy for Fisherman’s Wharf, with the LED lighting system using 676 total watts versus the 4,000 total watts used with the previous fluorescent lamp layout. Additionally, the switch to LED lighting means greater longevity for the sign’s lighting system due to a rated fixture lifetime of 50,000 hours.

When illuminated, Campbell said the sign now has a “bright, even glow” and a “uniform, one-color appearance,” which he noted has already received positive tourist feedback.

The move to GE’s LED sign lighting will also mean reduced maintenance time and costs compared to previous upkeep needs.

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About GE Lighting
GE Lighting invents with the vigor of its founder Thomas Edison to develop energy-efficient solutions that change the way people light their world in commercial, industrial, municipal and residential settings. The business employs about 13,000 people in more than 100 countries, and sells products under the reveal® and Energy Smart® consumer brands, and Evolve™, GTx™, Immersion™, Infusion™, Lumination™, Albeo™, and Tetra® commercial brands, all trademarks of GE. General Electric (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter to build a world that works better.

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