The Brookhaven Town Board has adopted a $1.25 million street lighting bond resolution to upgrade streetlight fixtures, while saving about $300,000 annually in electricity costs.
Using energy-efficient Light Emitting Diodes, or LED lights, Brookhaven would replace 2,500 high-wattage lights. Town officials say the project will pay for itself over the course of the five-year bond.
Lights on major roadways will be replaced first, followed by streetlights in residential neighborhoods, officials said.
“This project will result in an annual savings for our taxpayers and benefit our environment by reducing our energy consumption across the town,” town Supervisor Edward P. Romaine said. “Using LED technology, our road lighting will be more reliable, more energy efficient and require less maintenance.”
With a projected life span of 20 years, LED lights are more energy efficient than conventional streetlights, town officials said.
The energy-efficient lights generally produce the same amount of light as regular lights, but require half the power to operate, Brookhaven officials said.
“Replacing our outdated streetlights with new, energy efficient LED lights will provide safer, more reliable lighting for our residents, and save money at the same time,” Highway Superintendent Dan Losquadro said.