SEPTEMBER 15, 2021
To save the village money and reduce our carbon footprint, on September 15, 2021, Philmont’s streetlights were replaced with LED bulbs.
You may notice a new hue on our Village streets. Philmont continues to plan and Implement climate smart community initiatives that save money, conserve energy, and improve the quality of life for all our residents. Part of that plan is requires our DPW to switch our high pressure sodium lights (HPS) to Light Emitting Diode (LED) street lights.
Why Make the Switch?
LED lights are 40 to 60% more energy efficient than traditional lighting technologies. Simply by using LED luminaries, it is possible to provide better quality lighting, lower energy consumption, and reduce CO2 emissions.
Operations and maintenance costs also tend to be much lower because LED luminaires last at least four times longer than traditional bulbs.
Here is what other municipalities are saying about the switch
All of the cities that have installed LED street lights have reported positive feedback from residents and particularly from law enforcement officials
Concern over LED brightness has decreased, but there is a strong preference for 3000K lights, which aren’t as white or bright as 4000K lights •
LEDs help cities with dark sky initiatives, as light is more directed towards the ground
Streetlight controls further improve customer satisfaction by allowing cities to dim lights in areas where they are deemed too bright
Municipalities and utilities want to be “smart city ready”
Smart street lighting can form the backbone of larger smart city projects, providing a cost-effective entry point for smart city communications and software platforms
If you would like to learn more about these initiatives check out these links