March 24, 2010
In the upcoming weeks the City of Woodland Public Works Department will be replacing 60 high pressure sodium (HPS) street light fixtures in the Gibson Ranch Lighting and Landscaping District with longer lasting, energy efficient light emitting diode (LED) fixtures. This is being driven by an effort to decrease maintenance and utility costs, while also reducing our City's carbon footprint. One of the more evident changes will be the difference in the color of light produced; while the physical attributes of the fixture themselves will be very similar, the orange/yellow tint that is currently created by the HPS lamps will now be replaced with a more apparent white light.
As mentioned, LED lighting provides us the opportunity to reduce the City’s street light utility bill by taking advantage of PG&E rebates (around $75 per fixture) and utilizing new lighting technology that provides equal coverage while only using half the power. In addition to energy savings, there will be a reduction in maintenance costs; a typical HPS lamp needs to be replaced every 4 to 5 years as compared to LED lighting which can have an effective life up to 11 to 12 years.
Staff has sent a bilingual mailer to the residents of this L&L notifying them of the upcoming change and have requested their input on our decision to switch to LED lighting. A postage paid return envelope was enclosed, as well as a map identifying the location of the first phase of installation and a simple feedback questionnaire on whether they like the lighting or not. This information will help direct us on future installations.
Click here for the area map.