Residents of Clearwater will soon have softer streetlights and fewer outages as a result of the City’s latest efforts to go green.
The City is replacing the standard incandescent light bulbs in all 11,290 streetlights with LED bulbs. The new bulbs will produce the same amount of light, but use less energy and last longer.
"In light of the city’s green policy, we wanted to say the whole city is green and reduce the carbon footprint," says Paul Bertels, traffic operations manager for the City of Clearwater. "It’s important to the City Council and to the residents that we try to do everything we can to reduce our impact on the environment."
The major benefit from the move will be less outages. Standard bulbs typically have to be replaced every 18 months. The new LED bulbs will last an average of seven years before outage problems are experienced.
The decision was made by the City of Clearwater
and Duke Energy
, which currently provides maintenance for the streetlights. In a true public-private partnership, the bulbs will be funded by Duke Energy, so the replacement will be at no cost to citizens. Duke’s costs will be reduced due to less frequent maintenance.
Residents will mainly notice the white color of the lights vs. the orange color of the current bulbs. They will also notice a lot more stability with the less frequent outages.
The move is part of the city’s overall efforts to go green, which include a full service citywide recycling program, streetscaping
, and water management
"Clearwater has always been a very progressive place, and I think this policy on being green fits right in line with that thinking," says Bertels.
The project will begin in the Northeast quadrant of the city, with an estimated citywide completion in 18 months.
Writer: Megan Hendricks
Source: Paul Bertels, City of Clearwater