Seattle Continues Installation of LED Streetlights: Shoreline and LFP to Be Completed in October

Sep 20, 2011 Shoreline Patch has reported on the expansion of green LED streetlights installation project in Seattle. On September 20th, 2011 Seattle City Light (SCL) will begin the replacement of the 2,150 streetlights in Shoreline and Street Forest Park. Last year 6,000 LED streetlights have already been installed and by the end of 2014 in is expected that 41,000 new energy efficient LED streetlights will find their place on the streets of Seattle. The project cost, which was originally estimated at between $25-24 million, has dropped in the last year to $20 million for all 41,000 residential street lamps. A small portion of this cost will be covered by federal stimulus funds and SLC will cover the rest. It is estimated that at least 48% less energy will be needed to illuminate the streets with LED fixtures.The savings in energy and the fewer service vehicle trips for repairs and replacements, which will result in a reduction of about 20,000 tons of carbon each year for SCL, mean an increase in efficiency and environmental friendliness. According to the local Seattle news the Shoreline and LFP installations, which will be completed by mid-October, will be noticeable to residents immediately because of the difference in color. The new color temperature that was selected, based on positive feedback from the pilot testing in several Seattle neighborhoods, is a white light, similar to moonlight, in comparison to the sodium lamps, which give off an amber glow. The LED lamps are superior to the current lamps in terms of safety considerations, as they will allow for better depth of field as well as better peripheral vision. Source:

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