City of Yuma Tests LED Streetlights

led-streetlights-09282016bThe city of Yuma, Arizona, has decided to take the LED challenge. As such, it is asking its residents what they think about bright new LED streetlights compared to old yellow incandescents. As you can see from the image above, the results are crystal clear.

The above image is an actual photo of one of the test locations, located at the corner of 4th Avenue and 24th Street. Another test location has been installed at the corner of 4th Avenue and 8th Street.

The city of Yuma is testing LED (light-emitting diode) streetlights at two major intersections along 4th Avenue and is asking for resident input about how they compare to the traditional yellow-toned lights

The city has set up an online survey so it can get direct input from the residents themselves. There are 10 questions and results will be posted on the city of Yuma’s website.

A sample of the questions cover everything from brightness to increased feelings of safety.

Pete Montalvo, the city’s public works manager, said that the feedback is instrumental to understanding what citizens want in place.

“We just really want to get some feedback on whether they like them or not,” said Montalvo, who encouraged residents and business owners who travel through the intersections to comment. “The more feedback I receive, the better.”

Photo of new LED street lights taken on Carling Ave. looking east, across the street from Civic Campus of Ottawa Hospital in Ottawa, Wednesday evening, May 28, 2014. The city has replaced the old-style street lights with LEDs for expected energy savings. The new LEDs are also appear to be brighter. Mike Carroccetto / Ottawa Citizen NEG#117202 ***** photo details: photo uncropped 4 second exposure f/8 200 ISO ORG XMIT: POS1405282309579448These particular LED streetlights will not only save the city as much as 50 percent in electricity costs, they last 4 times as long. That not only saves money in utility costs, but labor as well whenever the lights need changing.

Depending on the infrastructure in place, Montalvo said that the up-front cost to install the lights could also be cheaper, though that savings would mostly come from not having to repair lights as frequently — a manpower savings.

“LED is the way to go to reduce cost and maintenance,” he said.

City spokesperson Dave Nash said while the city doesn’t yet have a program or project in place for a large-scale replacement, it intends to “pursue a partnership with private industry with the goal of having all the upfront costs covered.”

That’s what the city did when it began curbside recycling in the past few years, he said.

The city has an inventory of nearly 8,000 streetlights. Its survey will remain up through the test period in early November.