The city of Wichita Falls, Texas, recently started a large-scale installation of LED streetlights in the city’s downtown area. This project is the continuation of a previous deployment of over 2,000 LED streetlights which focused on municipal roadways and residential areas. The current downtown installation includes 450 LED streetlight fixtures manufactured by Leotek Electronics of Milpitas, California.
“Our city council was so impressed by our first installation of LED streetlights that they quickly approved funding for the downtown project,” said Mark Beauchamp, traffic engineer for the city of Wichita Falls. Early estimates indicated that the city could expect to reduce energy consumption by up to 65%. These estimates have already translated into energy cost savings of nearly $20,000 each month. The city owns and maintains approximately 8,200 streetlights.
The new LED streetlights will replace existing 400 watt high pressure sodium (HPS) streetlights. The LED fixtures have three settings, of which the highest is a 270 watt equivalent. No adaptive controls or remote monitoring systems will be used in this installation.
The current downtown LED streetlight project bid was limited to only approved manufacturers, which included BetaLED/Cree, Cooper Lighting, Letotek Electronics, and Lighting Science Group. “For our last large project we installed Lighting Science Group and GreenStar fixtures. Our experience with GreenStar was not good,” said Beauchamp. The city reviewed performance and photometric data, and determined that the LED fixtures from Leotek Electronics best met the illumination needs of the downtown installation. The new LED streetlights will all be metered, resulting in immediate energy cost savings for the city. “Our goal is to convert completely to LED streetlights over the next five years,” said Beauchamp.