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LED Street Light Conversion Project Begins Soon

City officials say the $1.6 million project, which will save about $200,000 a year, will likely be completed by April.

Information provided by the City of Pleasanton—

The City of Pleasanton’s LED street light conversion project is on schedule to begin fixture replacement by the end of January, with anticipated completion in April 2014. Over the next several months, the $1.6 million project will begin to convert more than 5,400 High Pressure Sodium Vapor “cobra head” street light fixtures with new Light Emitting Diode (LED) energy efficient street light fixtures within the city. LED lights have a longer operational life, are more energy efficient, emit zero UV emissions, and focus light more efficiently to a desired location.

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The conversion is part of Pleasanton’s Climate Action Plan, and offers both financial and environmental benefits—savings of up to 60% in maintenance and electricity costs are projected. The City anticipates annual savings of $200,000 from the new program, which will be funded through a low interest loan from the California Energy Commission and a one-time $350,000 conversion incentive rebate from PG&E.

The LED fixtures will also translate to an annual reduction in carbon dioxide gas emission equivalent to approximately 85,000 gallons of gasoline.  The new LED light bulbs are expected to last at least five times longer than the existing bulbs.  

The major physical difference between the LED light fixtures and the HPSV light fixtures is the color of the light produced. The existing fixtures produce a yellowish amber color while LED fixtures will produce a white light. 

The replacement of approximately 5,400 light fixtures along residential neighborhood street will occur during the day between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.  The contractor is allowed to work on arterial roadways as early as 6:00 a.m. and as late as 10:00 p.m.  

Pedestrian and vehicular access will be maintained at all times. Throughout the replacement process, residents and businesses will have access to their driveways but may encounter occasional obstruction while equipment is operating directly in front of their residences/establishments.

For additional information, please contact Lorenzo King at (925) 931-5661.

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