The city of Waterford, California, will debut its first installation of LED streetlights in a pilot project performed in conjunction with Chevron Energy Solutions. The upcoming pilot program includes the installation and evaluation of two traditional LED streetlights and two decorative LED streetlights. The results of the pilot will help city officials evaluate the benefits of energy efficient solid-state lighting in terms of energy savings, visual quality, and as it pertains to public safety.
Chevron Energy Solutions has installed and is testing cobrahead LED streetlights manufactured by Bridgelux of Livermore, California, and Cree Lighting of Raleigh, North Carolina. The decorative LED streetlights are manufactured by Philips of San Jose, California, and Relume Technologies of Oxford, Michigan. “The LED fixtures were mounted as retrofits on existing poles. We are testing a variety of wattage for the same fixtures,” said J.P. Primeau, program development manager at Chevron Energy Solutions.
“The LED streetlight pilot is one component of our city’s long term goal to save money and reduce energy consumption,” said Matt Erickson, public works director for the city of Waterford. The city currently owns approximately two hundred streetlights, including about 160 cobrahead and 42 decorative streetlights. The existing fixtures are high pressure sodium (HPS) and mercury vapor. “Chevron Energy Solutions is calculating the cost of the purchase and installation, and potential energy savings, by switching to LED streetlights. Once the analysis is complete, we will be able to present the findings to the city council for review,” said Erickson. If the city council approves a full scale conversion, the project would be paid for through city funds. The earliest the project could be implemented is late December 2013 or early January 2014.