Submitted to the Williams Pioneer Review
They don’t have the festive glow of holiday bulbs, but LED street lights translate to safety and savings for cities across California this season and beyond.
Because of their daylight-like brightness, LEDs (light emitting diodes) make neighborhoods safer at night while reducing the energy use of cities switching from traditional street lighting to energy-saving LED fixtures.
LED street lights are now shining on the city of Marysville, courtesy of a lighting upgrade funded by a block grant from federal stimulus funds.
The city retrofitted 15 percent of its streetlights mainly with a $69,000 Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant from the U.S. Department of Energy under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Administered by the California Energy Commission the ECBG program is intended to assist small cities and counties in their energy efficiency efforts.
A total of 176 high pressure 95-watt sodium vapor street lights were upgraded to 39-watt, brighter LEDs in western and southeastern Marysville.
The city intends to retrofit as many streetlights as possible as funds become available.
The lighting modernization project completed a year ago will enable the city to save $4,285 in electricity costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 30,000 pounds of CO2 every year.