The city council of Trenton, Michigan, recently accepted the recommendation of its engineering department to purchase Sylvania LED streetlight retrofits from Raymond de Steiger, Inc. The recommendation that the city purchase $71,163 of LED streetlight fixtures followed a pilot project involving the installation of LED streetlights from several different vendors and assessment of performance in some of Trenton’s existing streetlight fixtures on West Jefferson Avenue.
By combining both observations and lighting measurements, the engineering department of the city of Trenton was able to develop and issue a comprehensive bid specification. According to William Hogan, City Engineer, “During our evaluation, we contacted several communities, including Lansing and the village of Dexter, where over 600 of these retrofits have been successfully installed in their downtown districts in the past five years. Very positive references came from them.”
The city will purchase the retrofits through funds provided by the state of Michigan Advanced Lighting Technology Demonstration Grant, and Trenton in-kind installation services will provide a funding match. When the project is completed, the city will be eligible for a rebate from Detroit Edison.
Hogan added, “The proposed Sylvania LED retrofit will provide the city with significant energy savings of approximately 70% or $15,000 per year.”