The City of Springfield is starting the installation of Light Emitting Diode (LED) fixtures for all City streetlights this week. LED lighting is up to 70% more energy-efficient, lasts 4-5 times longer, and allows for better control of light output than the existing types of lighting.
Funding for this project comes from the American Rescue Plan Act, passed in 2021 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The City has been replacing the 4,557 streetlights with LED lights in phases as light fixtures reached end of life and money was available. Now that federal funding has been provided for this project, the City is beginning the installation of the remaining 3,124 lights.
According to Seth Lacey, Electric Operations Supervisor, our Electric Service Center has been assisting by providing mapping information to the City’s contractor so they can pinpoint the locations of the streetlights as well as their power sources. This helps with troubleshooting if any power issues arise. SUB’s team has also been meeting weekly to coordinate activities, allowing us to continue to replace lights in areas of town where the contractor is currently not engaged.
Says Seth, “This ensures that the transition to LED lighting is executed seamlessly and without too much disruption to our customer.”
SUB’s responsibility extends beyond the completion of the initial change out. “We are enhancing our capabilities with updated mapping software that offers real-time visibility of our streetlights,” Seth says, adding that this allows us to promptly identify and address faulty or inactive lights.
This approach not only ensures the long-term success of our street lighting but also contributes to the safety and well-being of our residents.