In Claremont, city officials have begun accepting bids for the installation of 1,000 LED light bulbs inside city street lamps in an effort to reduce energy consumption and cut costs.
The city currently uses about 1,000 high-pressure sodium bulbs the street lights, which were installed some six years ago to replace even less efficient mercury bulbs.
According to the Eagle Times, Claremont’s streetlights are owned by Eversource – formerly known as Public Service of New Hampshire – though utility costs are billed to the city. LED lights – which use light-emitting diodes as its source of light – are said to have a much longer lifespan than sodium bulbs, lasting between 20 and 25 years.
The Claremont Public Works Department will be responsible for sorting through the bids to furnish and install the bulbs, and is considering phasing installation over the course of two years. Bids are due to Public Works office manager Norma Limoges by March 21.