The city of Las Vegas began work this week to replace 6,600 existing streetlights with new, energy-efficient LED (light-emitting diode) fixtures. When completed, the new streetlights are expected to reduce the city’s yearly electricity use by 8 million kilowatt hours and save $400,000 per year in energy costs.
Crews began their work this week in the Ward 2 neighborhood bounded by Westcliff Avenue, Charleston Boulevard, Durango Drive and Buffalo Drive. Work will occur in all of the city’s six wards over the next four months, with locations in residential neighborhoods and arterial highways. Work in the Ward 2 neighborhood is taking place in the daytime hours. The city plans to eventually replace all of the city’s existing 50,000 street lights.
The replacement is in line with the city’s sustainability initiative. Sustainability is defined by the city as meeting the needs of the present without compromising the needs of future generations. This includes numerous “green” efforts such as energy retrofits of city facilities and streetlights, installation of 4.875 megawatts of solar panels and a green building program with incentives for property owners.
While typical streetlight lamps will last about six years, LED fixtures have a longer life estimated to be 15 years. The white light produced by the new fixtures also provides more vibrant color, enhancing the safety of the neighborhoods.
The installation contractor is Crescent Electric Supply Company and Transcore. City of Las Vegas Department of Public Works is managing the project. Funding is provided by $2.9 million in federal energy conservation bonds and $400,000 from a state of Nevada ARRA grant.