LED street lighting coming to Menlo Park

by Linda Hubbard Gulker on January 21, 2011

map of Menlo Park LED street lighting

Approximately 445 of the city of Menlo Park’s 2,300 streetlights are being retrofitted with light-emitting diode (LED) technology, according to a press release issued by the city. Energy savings will result in approximately 235,000 kilowatt-hours per year in electricity, a CO2 reduction of 123,000 pounds per year, and a $29,000 savings per year. The city can also claim PG&E rebates.

The new LED street light fixtures will have a similar appearance to the existing cobra head style lights and will be mounted on existing streetlight poles/arms. LED lighting provides a whiter, brighter light which improves night visibility while lowering energy consumption and maintenance costs. These lights contain no mercury.

Funding of the lights was provided by an Energy Efficiency & Conservation Block Grant of $163,154 from the California Energy Commission and $160,000 from the Community Development Non-Housing Fund.

The city selected locations – shown on map above – based this criteria:

  • Primarily non-residential streets more heavily traveled during commute hours
  • Streets with the greatest energy and cost savings due to existing high energy wattage bulbs
  • Streets deemed to need better lighting

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