City councilors annimously voted Wednesday night to support efforts to convert the city’s street lamps from traditional to LED bulbs. The 8-0 vote now gives the green light for the Public Works Department and city manager to seek grant funding and other additional financial support.
The city currently uses about 1,000 high-pressure sodium bulbs in its street lights, which were installed some six years ago to replace even less efficient mercury bulbs. LED lights are said to have a much longer lifespan than sodium bulbs, lasting between 20 and 25 years.
Public Works Assistant Director Victor St. Pierre has said the conversion would save the city approximately $1-million dollars over the course of 20 years. The total budgeted cost of converting the 1,000 lights to LED is upwards of $300,000 dollars according to the Eagle Times, though that number includes outright ownership of the fixtures, which are currently owned by Eversource.