LED fixtures use about 50% less energy, last four times longer than HPS fixtures, and provide better service reliability. With the conversion of all 2,300 streetlights, the city will realize an annual savings of approximately $53,000 in energy costs and another $15,000 on maintenance costs.
The city has conducted tests of LED fixtures in both cobra-head style streetlights, located on main thoroughfares throughout the city, and in the decorative acorn-style streetlights located in neighborhoods. In 2012, a successful pilot project was conducted on cobra-head lights located on Rasmussen Blvd. Last year, the city collaborated with residents to determine the preferred wattage for the acorn-style neighborhood streetlights. Both 27 and 36-watt, 3000K LED bulbs were installed in several streetlights in a residential neighborhood. Adjacent homeowners, as well as staff and members of the city council, stated their preference for the 36-watt LED bulb. A larger number of Battle Ground residents have already experienced LED lighting – in September of last year, new LED cobra-head streetlights were installed on South Parkway as part of the road improvement project.
Scott Sawyer, Public Work Director