Following a successful pilot installation of LED streetlights, the city of Dublin, Ohio, is planning for a full replacement of all 1,500 city streetlights with LED fixtures. The pilot program included the installation and evaluation of fixtures manufactured by BetaLED, a division of Ruud Lighting/Cree of Sturtevant, Wisconsin, and Kim Lighting of City of Industry, California. The LED fixtures were installed on Coffman Road during a three month trial period. Fixtures were evaluated for performance and input was solicited from citizens. According to city officials, citizen response was overwhelmingly positive.
“The pilot installation was very successful and allowed us to test a variety of fixtures in preparation of doing a large scale replacement project,” said Jean-Ellen Willis, P.E., engineering manager-transportation for the city of Dublin, Ohio. All of the city’s 1,500 existing streetlights are 250 watt high pressure sodium (HPS) and approximately 10 percent are decorative streetlights. All are targeted for replacement beginning in 2012. “The city already replaced all of its traffic signals with LED technology, and we are now prepared to move forward with our streetlights,” said Willis.
The city of Dublin purchases power from American Electric Power and Columbus Southern Power. Discussions are currently underway regarding a revised tariff structure which would reflect the lower energy consumption of LED streetlights. According to Willis, the city expects to reduce energy costs by nearly $62,000 annually. “However, we anticipate that additional and more significant savings will come from reduced maintenance,” said Willis. The city maintains its own streetlights. “We plan to issue an RFP in 2012, and we will most likely be specifying the BetaLED streetlight fixtures in the bid document,” said Willis.