CLEARWATER — Starting this week and through the next 15 months, Duke Energy contractors will replace all of the city’s 11,290 existing streetlights from standard incandescent bulbs to Light Emitting Diode, or LED, bulbs that produce the same amount of light.
According to Paul Bertels, city Traffic Operations Manager, all of the light bulbs, fixtures and the cost of installation is being paid for by Duke. The city rents the fixtures from Duke.
Bertels said the benefits of converting to LED lighting are:
• While the savings of .02 percent is small and negligible, the carbon footprint reduction is enormous;
• Outages will be “reduced tremendously” as LED bulbs last approximately 25,550 hours compared to about 7,000 hours for high pressure sodium bulbs;
• LED lighting generates a high-intensity white light while the current lighting has an emits an orange tint.
In addition, Bertels said, “This will enhance safety and lend to a more aesthetically pleasing look along Clearwater’s streets and roadways.”
The project will begin in the Countryside area sometime around the end of August or first of September, and crews will work south and west until the project is complete.
City officials say there will be minimal impact to residents throughout this conversion process. Residents will see uniformed Duke Energy contractors wearing reflective vests and badges that identify themselves as working with Duke Energy.
For information, contact the City of Clearwater’s Engineering Department at (727) 562-4750.