Tuesday night, April 13, Councilmember Bruce Harrell and representatives from City Light are going to conduct a walking tour in a West Seattle Neighborhood to view new LED streetlights that have been installed there. The evening begins at the Lighting Design Lab (2915 4th Ave S) at 7:00 pm where there will be demonstration and discussion of LED streetlights.
From there, people will be shuttled to West Seattle in two vans provided by the City for a walking tour of the two locations where the LED streetlights are being tested:
- 53rd Ave SW – Between SW Charlestown Street and SW Dakota Street, will be there about 7:45 pm, and
- 54th Ave SW – Between SW Charlestown Street and SW Dakota Street
As part of City Light and the City Council’s commitment to provide excellent customer service, energy conservation, and identifying new technologies to reduce the Utility’s operational costs, the City will install 5,000 new Light-Emitting Diode (LED) streetlights along residential streets this year and 40,000 LED streetlights in the next five years. The new LED streetlights will cut energy consumption in half and will last 3 times longer than current high-pressure sodium lights. Funding to begin replacing all 40,000 residential streetlights comes from the Federal Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program. The initialbatch of LED replacements will save the City $300,000 the first year and save $2.4 million annually after all LED streetlights have been installed.
Councilmember Harrell said “In the last two plus years as chair of the Energy, Technology, and Civil Rights Committee, I have focused on making sure the Utility is providing excellent customer service to its residents and directed the Utility to identify new protocols and technologies to reduce cost to the Utility and protect ratepayers. The new LED streetlight plan is an important element of the overall Strategic Plan for the Utility to upgrade its infrastructure, provide excellent customer service, conserve energy, and maintain low rates.”
So, if your Tuesday evening is free, come join the Councilmember and provide neighborly feedback to the Utility so the best lighting level can be provided in your neighborhood.