Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Logan retrofitting hundreds of street lights

Logan Light and Power crews are retrofitting hundreds of street lighting poles with new energy-efficient lamps along Main Street, 600 West and other corridors.

In all, 521 new lights will go up, replacing obsolete fixtures from the 1970s and '80s. Chris Niemann, technical operations manager for the department, says the outgoing lights consume, on average, 450 watts each. The new fixtures burn 150 watts. Smaller versions for side streets use only 50 watts.

Using federal grant money and a small match from the city, the department acquired $124,000 to purchase 521 new fixtures — 219 of which will be installed on Main Street.

The city considered purchasing LED fixtures, but the cost and technology, says Niemann, are still changing rapidly. Instead, the department opted for induction technology. Herald Journal