City officials in the village of New Lenox, Illinois, are contemplating a large scale conversion of of existing metal halide streetlights to energy efficient LED streetlights. The village currently owns and maintains 1,221 cobrahead streetlights, which equals the majority of its streetlighting inventory.
“Based on calculations of cost savings, if we complete a full conversion to LED streetlights, we anticipate annual savings of $120,000,” said Ray Tuminello, trustee of the village of New Lenox. Initial plans include a six month program to test multiple LED fixtures each month. “We would like to test a variety of LED streetlight fixtures with installations at select intersections to analyze appearance and performance,” said Tuminello.
Commonwealth Edison, the energy supplier for the village, is conducting a full inventory of streetlights to determine ownership and energy usage for each streetlight. In anticipation of the proposed conversion, the utility has negotiated a rate tariff to reflect the reduced energy consumption of LED luminaires, according to Tuminello. Officials expect the project to be funded by a combination of grants and village funds. “As soon as Commonwealth Edison catalogs the inventory, we would like to put the project out for bid,” said Tuminello.