City of Madison in process of making switch to LED lighting along highwaysBy NIKKI ROWELL,
The city of Madison could see some monthly cost savings on street lighting as the city makes the switch to LED lighting along highways and major thoroughfares.
Public Works Director Jim Marler said the savings are the biggest positive to LED lighting, but he said it also means fewer repairs are needed, they have a longer burn life and allow for better visibility.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, LED is one of the most energy-efficient and rapidly-developing lighting technologies. LED products use approximately 75 percent less energy and last 25 times longer than incandescent lights.
The Department of Energy reports that LED lighting has “the greatest potential impact on energy savings in the United States.”
Marler said the city is working to change over lighting along highways first, then they will begin looking into LED lighting for subdivisions within the city that request the change.
Madison officials have been working with Entergy over the last seven months to change out fixtures in the parking lot at Liberty Park and street lighting in Reserve Crossing subdivision.
New LED fixtures have also been installed on Old Canton Road from Hoy Road to Main Street.
“Conversions have been done on Highland Colony Parkway, Hoy Road from Old Canton Road to Highway 51 and on Highway 51 at the Tulane Campus,” Marler said.
Marler added that new lighting has been installed on Welch Farms Road from Waterford Square to Ashton Park and five new fixtures have been installed at Madison Station Elementary School on Reunion Parkway.
All of these projects bring the total new LED fixtures and conversion of existing fixtures to 165.
Each fixture costs the city a one-time fee of $32.61.
“The construction cost can get fairly expensive. However, as the new lighting savings are recognized money will become available for additional projects,” Marler said.
“Depending on the type fixtures we are changing out, the average savings is about $4.50 on acorn and traditional fixtures per month,” Marler added.
City officials have approved plans for 285 more LED fixtures in the city. There are 385 others awaiting approval from the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the city of Madison.
Those projects include Highway 463 from Bozeman Road to Highway 51 and Highway 51 from city limits to city limits.
New lighting has been approved and will be installed on Crawford Farms Boulevard from Highway 463 to the Liberty Park entrance.
“We are trying to get the conversions done on the highways and main thoroughfares first. We will start working on subdivisions once the high traffic areas are completed,” Marler said.
Subdivision conversions will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
If a subdivision would like to undergo converting to LED lighting, the homeowner’s association board should send a written request to Public Works.
“We will ask Entergy to research the current lighting and submit a construction cost to the city,” Marler said. “We submit the request, with construction cost and savings, to the mayor and board of alderman for approval.”
Marler said the city currently has one request for conversion to LED lighting on file at this time.
“However, it could be a few years before we start conversions on subdivisions,” Marler said.