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City Replacing More than 3,000 Street Lights with LED

Retrofit program expected to save millions of dollars

Post Date:10/31/2019 10:32 AM

Earlier this year, the City of Lake Elsinore completed the purchase of more than 3,000 street lights from Southern California Edison (SCE). This purchase is expected to save taxpayer dollars and improve visibility throughout the community.

The City is in the midst of retrofitting all of these street lights to more reliable, energy efficient light-emitting diode lamps, i.e. LED bulbs. The work is targeted for completion by the year’s end.

Once all of the approximately 3,200 new lights are operating, the city expects to save about $300,000 over the next year and $5.4 million in the next two decades.

A key benefit of the LED technology is heightened visibility by focusing light on the specific area where it is needed and minimizing the amount of light leaking into the sky. This helps to preserve the county’s dark skies and minimize interference with Palomar Observatory, the international astronomy research facility atop Palomar Mountain south of Temecula.

More importantly, the new lamps will improve public safety by enabling drivers and pedestrians to see better and improve overall visibility deterring crime.

The project is part of the city’s involvement in the Regional Streetlight Program led by the Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG) to help government agencies lower utility costs and energy consumption, improve lighting quality and increase local control.

Lake Elsinore was able to participate by obtaining a $3.5 million loan last year to finance the transaction. City officials hired Siemens Industry to install and maintain the new lights.

Siemens will also now be handing most street light outages in the City. Residents can report outages by calling Siemens at 951-784-6600 or report online at partners.sea.siemens.com. Both options are available 24 hours daily. 

QUICK POINTS

WHAT: Retrofit of about 3,200 street lights in the City with LED lamps

WHEN: October through December 2019

WHY: City purchase of all available SCE streetlights within the City.

HOW: Participation in Western Riverside Council of Governments’ Regional Streetlight Program and a $3.5 million loan to finance purchase

BENEFITS: $5.4 million in savings over 20 years; improved visibility and public safety; reduced night light pollution

REPORT OUTAGES: 951-784-6600 or partners.sea.siemens.com

MAP OF RETROFIT PROGRESS:

Map will be updated periodically to show progress within the City. The map below is  as of October 28, 2019. 

Legend: 

  • Black/Blue: Converted and Tagged
  • Blue/Yellow: Need Conversion
  • Blue/Purple: Have Been Converted Need To Be Tagged
  • Red/Pink: Converted Major Arterial

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