Streetlight upgrades help cities save money and energy

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New York City is retrofitting its 300,000 streetlights with LEDs.

New York City streetlight upgrades program is replacing all of the city’s 300,000 streetlights with light-emitting diodes. The project is expected to be completed by 2019, and will help the city decrease energy consumption by 35 percent, Energy Manager Today reported.

Approximately 1,500 streetlights were already retrofitted with LEDs in Central Park. The city is expecting to save $250,000 and 700,000 kilowatts of energy per year with the park’s upgrade.

The project started in 2009 and once all lights are retrofitted, New York City will save almost $15 million a year on energy costs.

California cities install new lighting fixtures
Palo Alto, California, is installing LEDs on the city’s streetlights as well. The third phase of the five-phase project includes the upgrade of 2,700 LEDs, the city stated.

The lighting initiative is an extension of a pilot project that included upgrading lights on El Camino Real and Alma Street in Palo Alto. The entire streetlight upgrade project is scheduled to be completed during fiscal year 2014, according to the city.

Livermore, California, is nearing completion of new LED installations. The multi-phase project was approved by city council members in 2012 as the city searched for ways to reduce its carbon footprint, conserve energy and to lower its electricity bill, according to LED Inside.

Approximately 7,100 of Livermore’s 7,300 streetlights will be replaced by mid- to late-summer, Assistant City Manager Troy Brown told LED Inside.

It was also a pilot program that encourage Livermore to make the lighting upgrade, similar to the pilot program in Palo Alto. After residents offered positive feedback about the lights, the city decided to move forward with a complete installation project.

Contact the energy efficiency consultants at Lumenistics for more information about LEDs and other types of energy efficient lighting solutions.

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