Shift to cost-saving LED lights
In an effort to cut its electric bill for street lights in half, the town will begin installing new energy-efficient bulbs this month. The light-emitting diode bulbs will replace the town’s high-pressure sodium lights in a change that is expected eventually to cut the annual street-lighting cost from $300,000 to $150,000, according to an announcement by the town. The new fixtures will give off a white light, compared with the yellowish tone of the current lights. They will first be installed in East Arlington in place of older, more maintenance-intensive lights, and the replacement work will then move west across town. The new lights will be funded using $100,000 approved by Town Meeting and $160,000 from the state’s Green Communities program. NStar is also providing incentives for the town to make the switch.
- Brock Parker