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“It all started at Franklin D. Roosevelt station”, future historians may say as they study how in 2016 the RATP network became the first fully LED-fitted underground system of that size. The Franklin D. Roosevelt station on Line 1 had the honor of being the first to make the switch.
Far more energy efficient than the traditional fluorescent bulbs still used in most public places (transit networks, street lamps, etc.), LED lights will be brightening metro stations and passageways everywhere soon. Launched in 2013, this replacement scheme, when completed, should allow the RATP to provide the same standard of lighting using two to three times less power.
Brighter is better! The newest LED bulbs on the market offer improved, bright lighting for commuters. In total, 250,000 light fixtures will be replaced, including those found along 300 km of platforms and passageways taken daily by millions of travelers. Good bye, old and eye-tiring yellow bulbs, hello iridescent LED glow!
Head down to Franklin D. Roosevelt station to see the difference. In May 2013 it became the network’s first fully LED-equipped station, and other metro stops – Lines 2 4, 6 and 14 in 2013-2014, along with RER Lines A and B – quickly followed suit. All 368 RATP stations will gradually be fitted.