Streetlight Upgrade (LED lighting)
Overview: In accordance with the Climate Action Plan, the City of Berkeley is developing a plan to replace conventional street lights with more efficient lighting technologies to reduce energy and greenhouse gas emissions. Light-emitting diode (LED) lighting provides an improved, whiter, brighter light quality which enhances night visibility while lowering energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions and maintenance costs. LEDs emit directional light which provides more control over what is lit (streets and sidewalks) versus what should remain dark (the night sky). This makes it easier to comply with the Dark Skies Initiative (http://www.darksky.org/), which aims to reduce light pollution and its associated wildlife impacts.
Streetlights make up 32% of the City's municipal electricity load and account for 900 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually. The Marina LED Pilot Project is an opportunity to test and showcase the use of new lighting technology.
Marina LED Pilot Project: In late 2012, 75 high-pressure sodium (HPS) streetlights were replaced with LED lights at the Berkeley Marina, on University Avenue, west of West Frontage Rd. and including the full lengths of Marina Blvd, Spinnaker Way and Seawall Drive. The project is expected to save an average of 50% in energy consumption and be virtually maintenance free for 15-20 years. The new fixtures are mounted on the existing cobra head style light poles.
Future Projects: The pilot will be expanded to include Telegraph Avenue between Bancroft Avenue and Dwight Way in early 2014. Based on the results of these pilots, all 7,600 streetlights may be upgraded to the new technology.
Benefits of LED Lighting:
- Improved lighting conditions for drivers and pedestrians alike
- Lower energy consumption
- Reduced maintenance and replacement costs
- Improved night visibility due to higher color rendering and higher color temperature
- Increased light uniformity and distribution of light between poles
- Enhanced directionality and controllability, reduced light pollution
- Significantly longer lifespan
- Instant-on with no run-up or re-strike delays
- Less toxic, LED lights contain no mercury or lead and are 100% recyclable
- Lower environmental footprint
- Smarter lighting control technology including remote monitoring and control for lights
Public Feedback We are interested in your feedback. If you have comments on the new LED lighting please email them to email@example.com or contact Billi Romain at 510-981-7432
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