Phase Two of LED Streetlight Retrofit to Replace 24,000 Lights

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Phase One of the citywide LED project is complete and replaced approximately 1,750 intersection lights in Long Beach. Phase One was funded by a $659,000 Port of Long Beach Community Mitigation Grant.

Phase Two is anticipated to begin in late summer 2016 and continue for a year. The second phase will replace 24,000 high-pressure sodium lights currently illuminating City streets with LED streetlights, at a cost of approximately $6.1 million. Southern California Edison has offered $3.2 million in utility rebates to the City for the retrofit. Through various savings, it is estimated the City will recover the project’s costs in four years. The City is continuing its partnership with City Light and Power for this phase. 

“The reduced energy use, lower costs and pollution cuts that will be realized by this retrofit are nothing but good news for residents of the City,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “These LED streetlights showcase our commitment to environmental and fiscal responsibility, and will also provide better illumination and improve safety for drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians.”

The LED streetlights also have the ability to be integrated into a smart network in the future which will enable brightness controls with the touch of a button for public safety responders.

“The reduced energy costs and the increased lifespan of the lights will have positive operational results moving forward and improve public safety,” noted Craig Beck, Director of Public Works.

LED lights used for the streetlights have a projected lifespan of 100,000 hours, or 24 years of life when in operation 12 hours per day, meaning projected lifetime savings for the retrofit are estimated to be $15.1 million.

The LED retrofit project is administered by the Energy Network, a program sponsored by Los Angeles County and authorized by the California Public Utilities Commission in 2012, to achieve energy savings in Southern California.

According to the Energy Network, the retrofit will save about 9.6 million kilowatts hours of electricity each year, reducing Long Beach’s overall energy consumption by almost 10 percent. Reduced carbon emissions associated with the savings are the equivalent to taking over 21,000 cars off the road over the LED’s lifespan.


One Response to “Phase Two of LED Streetlight Retrofit to Replace 24,000 Lights”
  1. ntrs says:

    Petition your local government to install warmer temperature LED lighting to reduce the impact on nocturnal wildlife and stargazing. Those are two things that will be negatively impacted by the cold blue/white lighting that cities are planning to install. Increasing the amount of lighting, due to cost savings associated with LED lighting, will only make things worse (if the lighting is on a cooler spectrum vs a warmer spectrum).