The city of Waukesha, Wisconsin, awaits final delivery of over 1,000 new LED streetlight fixtures for a deployment funded by an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG). City crews will begin installing the fixtures in November 2010, and anticipate finishing by June 2011. Waukesha was awarded $657,000 from the federally funded EECBG program for LED streetlights. Following a competitive bid, city engineers chose to install the Cooper Lighting Lumarc RC LED streetlight. Eventually, the city of Waukesha will install 1,200 Cooper Lighting LED streetlights using the federal funds.
“LED streetlight fixtures from fourteen different manufacturers were submitted to our department for testing over a six month period. We evaluated a variety of factors including light distribution, lumens per watt, and kilowatt savings,” said Katie Jelacic, city engineer for the city of Waukesha. City officials eventually narrowed their choice to two manufacturers – Cooper Lighting of Peachtree City, Georgia and Dialight Corporation, an LED lighting manufacturer with U.S. headquarters in Farmingdale, New Jersey. “Ultimately, our decision came down to quality and cost, and Cooper Lighting offered the best product at the best price,” said Jelacic.
The city will replace nearly all of its existing city-owned streetlights with the Cooper Lighting LED fixtures. The city currently owns and maintains about 1,600 streetlights, the majority of which are 150 watt fixtures. The new LED fixtures will be 150 watt equivalent fixtures. The remained 400 existing streetlights are of varying wattage and include decorative streetlights.
“We are currently looking at replacing about four miles of decorative streetlights in the Carroll College and Riverwalk area, but have not yet identified a fixture that meets our color requirements and cost requirements,” said Jelacic. The city is evaluating a decorative LED streetlight fixture from Holophane, an Acuity brands company, but the fixtures are still considered too expensive to do a full-scale replacement project. In addition to decorative streetlights, the city is also evaluating the replacement of parking lot lighting with energy efficient LED fixtures.