SOUTH PORTLAND —The city is rolling out a pilot project to test LED streetlight fixtures.
It’s the final step in the conversion of approximately 1,900 streetlights leased from Central Maine Power Co. and other city-owned outdoor lights to LED fixtures, according to a press release.
The project will replace 70-watt, high-pressure sodium bulbs with 30-watt LEDs. The transition will reduce the city’s electricity consumption for street lighting by roughly 787,000 kilowatts per hour – the equivalent of more than 65,000 gallons of gasoline a year – and save South Portland around $300,000 per year, with a payback at four to five years.
Five test sites around the city will allow residents to provide feedback on different fixtures and color temperatures. The sites and a link to the survey can be found on the city’s home page.