Malden plans switch to LED streetlights

Wicked Local Malden | By Andrew Cardinale
March 29, 2017

A quarter of a million dollars in annual savings could be coming to Malden soon in the form of new, energy efficient street lights.

In a presentation to the City Council at its March 28 meeting, City Strategic Planning Analyst Ron Hogan detailed a plan that would see the city switch from old, sodium-based street lights to modern light-emitting diode (LED) lights, resulting in about $250,000 in energy savings each year.

“This just seems like a no-brainer to use the technology of today rather than the old sodium lights of the past,” said Councilor Neal Anderson.

According to Hogan, National Grid bills in Malden run roughly $340,000 a year for its 3,300 streetlights. Switching to LED will reduce that cost to just $93,000.

The LED bulbs have a 20-year life span, as opposed to just six years with the current ones. That and a 10-year warranty will result in the city potentially seeing an additional $15,000 to $20,000 in savings and maintenance costs, Hogan said.

The new lights will also be brighter, resulting in better light coverage, but not too bright as to be distracting, Hogan said. Hogan explained that the lights will adhere to newly released guidelines from the American Medical Association as to not cause negative side effects, like sleep deprivation and glare.

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