Category Archives: LED Streetlights

New Paltz OKs LED streetlights replacement study

News article posted on 8/27/16 by William J. Kemble,, for Daily Freeman

NEW PALTZ – Trustees have agreed to hire a consultant to conduct a review of possible cost savings if street lights were purchased by the village and converted to energy efficient fixtures.

Approval to move forward with the study was given during a Village Board meeting Wednesday, with officials agreeing to pay $2,336, or $8 each for a review of 292 street lights owned by Central Hudson.

“I think what’s really important about LED replacement is the opportunity not just for savings in electric use but it’s not leasing the lights from Central Hudson,” Mayor Tim Rogers said. “On average we pay $232 per pole per year and the vast majority of that money goes toward leasing of the lights, not necessarily the electricity.”

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Maintenance Practices For LED Streetlights

Webinar Hosted By The U. S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

This April 14, 2014 webinar answered important questions about the maintenance and Maintenance Practices For LED Street Lightsreliability of LED streetlights, and how to take these issues into account when planning and preparing for a transition to LED street lighting.

Presenters Glenn Cooper of the City of Boston, Stephen Crume of the City of Seattle, and Patrick Batte of the City of Las Vegas discussed actual field experiences of their respective LED street lighting programs and lessons learned along the way.

They also reviewed failure rates and failure modes experienced to date and the associated best practices their programs have developed in response.

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Regional Wrap-Up: Which Communities Have Converted to LED Streetlights?

City of Yonkers
In July 2013, under the leadership of former Sustainability Director Brad Tito and Mayor Spano, the City of Yonkers launched the LED Street Light Replacement Project to replace all 12,000 of the city’s cobra heads with new LED lights. The LEDs will cut Yonkers’ energy bill by 60%, save taxpayers $18 million in energy costs over ten years and reduce Yonkers’ carbon footprint by 3,000 tons annually.
The new lights are also extremely durable and last upwards of 80,000 hours or nearly 19 years. That means less ongoing maintenance and more taxpayer savings. They’re also a lot brighter than the old lights. That means improved lighting and increased public safety in our neighborhoods.
Village of Dobbs Ferry
The first community in Westchester to have done a significant installation of LED streetlights.  A 2009 greenhouse gas emissions inventory highlighted that the Village’s 700 lights, including a mix of high pressure sodium and incandescent, were responsible for 16% of municipal green house gas emissions and cost about $100K in annual energy costs.
The Village made the decision to leapfrog from the very outdated incandescent fixtures to LED. Since there were no significant installations of LED streetlights in the area at the time, from 2009-2010, the Department of Public Works tested various models for ease of installation and performance.
Dobbs Ferry contracted with a vendor in 2011, purchasing 300 fixtures for municipal use and including a provision allowing for purchases by other municipalities.
  • The Village decided to finance the fixtures itself as borrowing costs were low and the payback – 3 years – was very short.
  • The Village also decided to install the lights using public works staff and equipment.  This proved slow going, requiring 18 months to replace the 300 lights.
  • The lights have been installed for 4+ years. Superintendent of Public Works Gary Gardner reports that they have been trouble-free. No more than 1 has been replaced.  He also shared that there have been very few complaints about light quality and many fewer complaints related to streetlight outages.
City of New Rochelle
New Rochelle began its conversion of 7,000 streetlights to LED streetlights in December 2015. The switch to LED will save the City over 2,777,551.66 kwh annually, translating to $639,000 per year.
Under the leadership of Commissioner of Public Works Alex Tergis and Mayor Noam Bramson, the city issued an RFP and awarded a contract for replacement and installation of its 7,000 lights to Lumen Light Solutions.  Importantly, New Rochelle’s contract includes a provision that allows other municipalities to piggyback on their procurement – providing an option for either direct purchase or a performance contract structure.
This opportunity has been seized by many municipalities – according to Lumen, 16 municipalities are purchasing lights through the New Rochelle contract for a total of 30,000 fixtures.  One of those actually is Dobbs Ferry, which is completing is streetlight retrofit in this manner.
Visit for information and updates on municipal LED streetlight conversion.

Webinars: Streetlight Audits, Financing and Regulatory Framework for Streetlight Conversions

Courtney Strong Inc. has hosted webinars on three related topics to describe affordable steps that municipalities can take NOW to  begin exploring conversion to LED streetlights:

1. Education. Understand conversion opportunities, regulatory and legislative changes in relation to LED streetlights, and resources available to assist communities. View webinar.
2. Auditing. It is important to understand how many lights your municipality has and whether your records match those of your utility. Download Slides.
3. Financing. Learn how other communities have financed and installed LED streetlights and review financial considerations for your community. View webinar.

Introducing: Mid-Hudson Strategies for LED Streetlight Conversion

The Mid-Hudson Street Light Consortium will create a more affordable pathway to LED street light conversion for Ulster, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan and Westchester municipalities in the Central Hudson Gas & Electric, Orange & Rockland, and New York State Electric & Gas, and Con Edison territories. Converting to LED street lights has the potential to deliver electricity cost savings of up to 65 percent to municipalities. NYSERDA’s 2014 study, Street Lighting in New York State: Opportunities and Challenges, found that if this were accomplished statewide, an estimated 524 gigawatt hours of electricity and $97 million would be saved annually.

Once the first 20 Mid-Hudson municipalities take advantage of the program and convert to LED street lighting, greenhouse gas emissions are expected to be reduced by more than 42,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide over the next 15 years, equivalent to removing 8,840 cars off the road over this span.

The Mid-Hudson Streetlight Consortium is a two-year project funded by NYSERDA’s Cleaner, Greener Communities program.

Many Mid-Hudson municipalities are eager to convert but encounter hurdles understanding their options and successfully negotiating the outcome they seek. This is where the Mid-Hudson Street Light Consortium can help. Support to municipalities that join the Consortium – at no cost – includes:

  • A survey of Mid-Hudson municipalities to ascertain which seek assistance with conversion to LED streetlights, and the types of assistance desired.
  • An Options Study to analyze the pathways to LED conversion for municipalities that do not currently own their streetlights, focusing on regulatory (tariff) and financial considerations.
  • Facilitation of municipal streetlight audits, (possible resources include Computel or an ARC GIS). These audits are strongly encouraged before conversion to make sure the right decisions are made re: wattage, lumens and usage (residential versus commercial; busy versus quiet street, etc.).
  • Procurement support, including model RFPs that address furnishing, installation and maintenance appropriate to each utility territory to streamline the procurement process for interested municipalities.
  • Support for an aggregated procurement process to capture volume pricing discounts for interested municipalities.
  • Information and analysis regarding streetlight buyout terms being offered by the various utilities to individual municipalities.
    Continuous knowledge sharing via webinars, workshops and a conference.

For more information about the Mid-Hudson Streetlight Consortium, please visit our team page and webinars page. Municipalities may fill out the free consortium application HERE.

For questions, email Pat Courtney-Strong at