In 2013 Lit Green provided the town of Loyd, New York with a complete LED retrofit solution for the post top streetlights for the commercial Main Street area. Lit Green’s “Veteran Lights” were installed and they have been operating as if they were brand new ever since. Now the supervisor for Loyd is ready to upgrade the lighting systems of the town’s water treatment facility. Again, Lit Green steps up to design and deliver a system with an energy savings of 80%!
Learn more with this article from the Poughkeepsie Journal:
Town refits its streetlamps with energy-saving LED technology
by Craig Wolf
Published: July 26, 2013
Let there be light (more cheaply): The Town of Lloyd has invested $47,000 to save money on power and maintenance and to upgrade the lighting in Highland and other areas with street lights. They’re using LED technology supplied by LitGreen, a company based in Salt Point.
HIGHLAND — Nightlife is a little brighter now on the streets of this hamlet, and a little cheaper, too, for the Town of Lloyd.
The town has replaced its 88 streetlights with a newer technology in a bid to cut costs for taxpayers, reduce maintenance and create a more uniform state- of-lighting ambience.
The choice was to go with LEDs, or light-emitting diodes, a form of semiconductor that shines brightly when electricity is applied.
The project was done in early spring, and so far, so good, Town Supervisor Paul Hansut said.
The estimate is that less power usage and reduced bulb replacement will save the town about $15,000 in the first year. Those savings would pay off the capital costs in about three years.
“All the feedback we’ve gotten is very positive,” Hansut said. “They’re very bright. They add a lot to the village in the nighttime.”
The town is one small player in what is clearly shaping up to be a major American trend as power costs grow and governments look for savings. New York’s budget-squeezing 2 percent tax levy cap adds weight to that.
A small local company, LitGreen, supplied the new lighting units. The existing antique-looking poles and housings were preserved as new LED tubes and electronics were installed.
Andy Neal, Salt Point-based founder of LitGreen, has been at work developing uses for LEDs for 10 years and said the technology has always had advantages but is now rapidly advancing.
His niche is refitting old fixtures with new innards.
“It uses the old lights themselves, and we just refurbish it and put the LEDs inside,” he said. “A lot of those fixtures were designed to complement the architecture that’s there now.
“It doesn’t make sense to take a perfectly good fixture and throw it in the garbage or put in a screw-in LED light,” which he said would be inefficient.
The project cost the town about $47,000, or about $534 per lamppost.
Hansut said he expects there will be a lot less changing of burned-out bulbs and ballasts of the old type. They were a mix of conventional street-lighting lamps, such as sodium vapor and metal halide. Electricians have to be hired to get ladders or bucket trucks to change the lamps. LEDs have a longer life span; Neal figures 10 years or more.
A test light was installed about four years ago, Neal said, at the veterans park at Milton Avenue and Route 9W. It’s been on 24 hours a day as a memorial and is still functioning.
Hansut said a previous project to repair six malfunctioning lights cost about $4,000. He expects the maintenance savings overall to be about $8,800 per year.
The savings on power, he said, looks like about $6,300 initially.
Neal said that’s based on the new LEDs having an average draw of 37 watts, versus old ones that averaged 137 watts.
But exactly how much the power will cost the town depends on how it is sold by Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. under its special tariff, or rate card, just for street lighting.
In 2010, pressed by the emergence of LEDs for streets, including two experiments, Central Hudson adopted and the Public Service Commission approved a specific LED tariff. For example, an LED fixture drawing from 70 to 80 watts would have an annual fixed power delivery charge of $20.83 to run in 2012, based on a standard 4,000 burning hours per year. Added to that is the supply charge, which varies with the market.
LitGreen’s Lloyd models, called Veteran Lite, draw less.
John Maserjian, a spokesman for Central Hudson, said he was not aware of the Lloyd project. Different sizes can be charged under a formula, he added.
The two earlier experiments had mixed results.
“The New Windsor street light project did not go as well as we hoped,” he said.
Fixtures failed after a year and cost 12 times what a conventional unit did, he said. At Bard College in Annandale, an LED project worked better, generating more light than normal at a 40 percent savings, but the capital cost was 10 times higher and the payback was figured at seven to 10 years. That installation is still working. Neither the Bard project nor the New Windsor project was done by LitGreen.
“Central Hudson will revisit offering LED street lights when the cost and reliability improves,” Maserjian said. “However, municipalities may currently install and maintain their own LED lights.”
Despite the limited efforts in the Hudson Valley, LED street lighting has gone big-time in other places.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced in June completion of the world’s largest LED streetlight replacement program. A total of 141,089 street lights were retrofitted.
“This project cuts L.A.’s energy use by more than two-thirds, saves taxpayers millions of dollars, and reduces L.A.’s carbon emissions by more than 47,000 metric tons every year,” he said in a statement.
It’s saving Los Angeles about $7 million now, and that will rise, he said.
Neal isn’t interested in taking LitGreen into mass-production projects like L.A.’s. He gets his units made by contract manufacturers. He’s into niches that the big players don’t favor, including replica historic fixtures, custom design and fabrication work.
But he has other projects, including extending the Walkway Over the Hudson tube lighting around the new elevator. He’s also a contender for a Metropolitan Transportation Authority project to put in subway lights that could withstand another Superstorm Sandy flooding.
“I like unusual,” Neal said.