The Town of Hempstead, N.Y., is making the switch to LED technology with the conversion of more than 50,000 high-pressure sodium fixtures to LED street lights from Cree, Inc.
Anthony Santino, Town of Hempstead supervisor, said the street light project delivers an anticipated two and a half-year payback with nearly $3 million in annual energy savings and $57 million in total lifetime savings.
“The use of environmentally friendly technology is a win-win for the town,” Mr Santino remarked.
“The new LED luminaires generate significant energy savings that provide unprecedented environmental and fiscal benefits to benefit our town and residents.”
The town selected the Cree® DPT Series for Decorative Post-Top luminaires, which deliver a 3000K colour temperature for warm and inviting illumination, and up to 74 percent savings over the earlier, outdated technology.
Gary Aue, Town of Hempstead, N.Y. street lighting supervisor, said Cree XSP Series was selected for crisp, clean illumination on major roadways, and Cree OSQ™ flood luminaires with NanoOptic® Precision Delivery Grid™ optics were installed in parking lots, where precise optical control is needed for improved safety and comfort.
“We had our eyes on LED technology for quite a few years because of the impressive energy savings. However, we had yet to find the ideal package that made economic sense,” Mr Aue added.
“After reviewing Cree’s options, we saw there was a lot of money to be saved while providing the town with new lighting for a greater sense of comfort and safety that met all our needs, so we proceeded as soon as possible.”
He said the town is looking ahead to additional LED lighting installations in the future.
“We’re not stopping until the entire town in converted to LED Lighting,” Mr Aue continued.
“Zero maintenance, superior lighting – add in the standard 10-year warranty and it’s a sure thing.”