Change is pro­jected to save Ken­nett Square $365,000 over 20 years

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Fran Maye fmaye@21st-cen­tu­ry­ @ken­nettpa­per on Twit­ter

All 351 street lamps in the bor­ough will be re­placed with new LED street lamps early next year, re­sult­ing not only in brighter streets but an en­ergy sav­ings of $365,000 over the next 20 years.

By a unan­i­mous vote, coun­cil ap­proved a Re­gional Street Light Pro­cure­ment Pro­gram last week with Key­stone Light­ing So­lu­tions. Ken­nett Square is just one of 38 mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in Ch­ester, Delaware, Bucks and Mont­gomery coun­ties sign­ing on to the pro­gram, en­abling a be­low-mar­ket group rate with the help of the Delaware Val­ley Re­gional Plan­ning Com­mis­sion.

All of the co­bra-head fix­tures in the bor­ough will be retro­fit­ted with LED light­ing. De­pend­ing on the street, the lights will be 38 watts or 54 watts. Only one light will be 73 watts. Bor­ough of­fi­cials will be able to pull up data on the new fix­tures to de­ter­mine wattage, volt­age, pole height or road­way speed. The fix­tures can also be ad­justed for lu­mi­nos­ity via a field ad­justable watt se­lec­tor.

In ad­di­tion, 20 LED light fix­tures in the bor­ough’s public park­ing garage will be re­paired.

The lights have a life ex­pectancy of 25 years, about 10 times longer than the cur­rent street lamps. The first year is cov­ered by an all-in­clu­sive war­ranty, and the fol­low­ing nine years are cov­ered by a man­u­fac­turer’s war­ranty that does not in­clude la­bor. The bor­ough’s public works de­part­ment will be trained on how to care for and re­pair the fix­tures.

The street light­ing project will pay for it­self af­ter the 12th year. The $165,968 LED street light im­prove­ment pro­gram will have no im­pact on the bor­ough’s bud­get. En­ergy sav­ings the bor­ough re­al­izes will be pumped back into the pro­gram.

New re­search sug­gests that mu­nic­i­pal LED street light­ing can re­duce crime. An in­ter­na­tional study re­cently ex­am­ined crime sta­tis­tics in sev­eral ma­jor cities that made the switch from tra­di­tional light­ing to LEDs. The re­sults in­di­cate that LED-lit ar­eas saw a net crime re­duc­tion.

The lights have a life ex­pectancy of 25 years, about 10 times longer than the cur­rent street lamps.


A rep­re­sen­ta­tive from Key­stone Light­ing So­lu­tions points to the dif­fer­ences be­tween the cur­rent street lights in Ken­nett Square, at left, and the newer LED ones that will be in­stalled early next year.

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