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City establishes LED Streetlight Demonstration area to allow ...

for easy comparison with older technology.


If you've been wondering why there's so much talk about LED streetlights, a side-to-side comparison with older technology may help you "see the light."  The City of Colorado Springs has installed seven light-emitting diode (LED) streetlights in a parking lot used by visitors to the Memorial Park Skateboard Park and Sertich Ice Center. 

Each newly installed light contains 80 LEDs, which emit the equivalent light at ground level as the 250-watt high pressure sodium fixtures nearby.  LED lights have been shown to use up to 50 percent less energy while lasting 10 times longer than traditional streetlights.

"We've established this LED Streetlight Demonstration Area so those interested can see the benefits of the LED technology.  Although the initial capital outlay for LED lights is currently much more expensive, they may cost less to operate and maintain long term," explained City Traffic Engineer Rob Helt.  Helt estimates it would cost between $10 million and $15 million to retrofit the entire City streetlight inventory. 

The LED lights were purchased through a $3.7 million federal Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant (EECBG).  The grant was awarded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).  The LED Streetlight Pilot Program received $473,267 to retrofit a total of 430 streetlights throughout the community.  Recently, nearly 300 streetlights along larger roads were retrofitted with LED technology. Now, the pilot LED retrofit program is moving into residential neighborhoods. 

How citizens can win an LED light for their neighborhood.

In addition to the demonstration area, the City is using its social media avenues to conduct drawings to designate locations of 130 residential streetlights to be retrofitted with LED fixtures. The City will conduct its first drawing from among individuals who logged comments on the Facebook post announcing the drawing. Additional drawings will take place throughout the summer using the City?s social media outlets and City presence at public events. Interested citizens are encouraged to visit for links to the City?s social media accounts.