BOROUGH GETTING LED STREET LAMPS
Change is projected to save Kennett Square $365,000 over 20 years
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.