Tarentum first town in country with all LED streetlights
Tarentum, Pennsylvania, became the first town in the country to switch all of its streetlights to more energy-efficient LED streetlights, according to Trib Total Media. Since the total conversion in August 2012, the borough has managed to reduce its electricity bill by a substantial 60 percent.
Part of the appeal for Tarentum in making the switch is that it is one of only 35 municipalities within Pennsylvania to control its own electrical system and fixtures, the news source reports. Bill Rossey, the Tarentum borough manager, said the LED streetlights were even more cost-effective because the city controlled everything.
"We're basically paying ourselves less now and we don't have to maintain them," Rossey told the news source. "The cost of the project is budget neutral. It was a no-brainer and it won't cost the borough and people here anything."
LED streetlights are quickly becoming a popular choice among cities around the country as officials wise up to the environmental benefits of LED lights. According to ENERGY STAR, LED lights use at least 75 percent less energy than incandescent bulb types and last between 35 to 50 times longer, qualities that reduce electricity bills and maintenance costs.
Before the installation of the LED streetlights, the city was paying $16,000 to $18,000 each month for street lighting. Additionally, replacement of the high-pressure sodium-vapor bulb types cost $20,000 to $30,000 each year. However, the borough was able to land energy grants - including money to install 20 decorative lamp posts - that paid for all the new fixtures, each of which has a life expectancy of 30 years.