Wednesday, June 15, 2016

"Light Done Right"—A must read by Lake Worth City Manager Mike Bornstein (for those who may have missed this City news)

Now that we've gotten past the issues of "Dark Skies", completed all the "critical thinking" (a newly-minted meme), and made sure all the turtles will be just fine, the City of Lake Worth is proceeding with the installation of new street lighting in the City. If you recall this was a recent item that made the news on NBC5/WPTV recently by reporter Michelle Quesada. 

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In this newsletter by the city manager he explains how the new lighting project will be rolled out (also there's more news on the City's photovoltaic power generation); here are two excerpts:

     All of the street lighting owned and operated by the City will be replaced with high efficiency LED lights. By now, most people are familiar with the benefits of LEDs, both in terms of energy efficiency to produce the same amount of light as traditional fixtures, but also because they last much longer than the lights we are currently using. LEDs are also better at placing the light only where it is needed and does not spill light in all directions causing that annoying glare in your eyes and in your windows. There have been many requests for improved lighting in the neighborhoods and commercial areas. This project is our effort to address these issues citywide. The Sheriff’s Office is playing an instrumental role in identifying dark areas where new or replacement lighting is needed based on the safety of our residents.

[and. . .]

     The City went through a competitive selection process, and Siemens was chosen to conduct a review of all of our energy and water usage. That information was then used to create a detailed plan identifying specific equipment, its performance, and how it would yield enough savings to pay for itself. We are now in the implementation phase of these projects and they will be completed within a maximum 18-month period.

In Public Service,
Michael Bornstein, City Manager

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