|If your think your neighborhood is looking brighter, chances are it is thanks to new LED streetlight installation. This month, the City of Chula Vista will begin retrofitting over 4,600 streetlights along residential streets with new energy-saving technologies. The new fixtures, which use Light Emitting Diodes or LEDs, will reduce electricity use and costs by approximately 50%. In addition, the new fixtures have a longer lifespan than traditional lights helping to reduce ongoing maintenance costs for the City.
LED lights were selected by the City after testing various lighting technologies and receiving feedback from community members during a multi-year demonstration project. The new streetlights will improve public safety by providing better light color and uniformity within residential neighborhoods. The $2.3 million retrofit project, which will last through the end of 2011, is funded through the California Energy Commission and the Department of Energy as part of the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act. Chula Vista is also pursuing additional funds to retrofit the remaining 3,000 streetlights in the City next year.
Traffic will not be impacted during the lighting installations. More information on the new LED streetlights and the multi-year demonstration project can be found at www.chulavistaca.gov/clean.