In addition to reduced maintenance costs, the LED streetlights are expected to deliver an energy savings of 40 percent annually and provide improved visibility and uniformity compared to HPS streetlights. The NanoOptic® refractors within each LEDway® streetlight distribute light precisely to deliver more lumens into target areas. This helps to create a safer environment by eliminating dark spots between fixtures. LEDway® streetlights also deliver significant environmental advantages such as a reduction in CO2 greenhouse gas emissions, built with no mercury or other heavy metals, 99 percent recyclable, and Dark Sky Association approved. “Residents believe LED streetlights are environmentally responsible and part of a bigger environmental initiative,” said Bursek.
The decision to upgrade HPS streetlights to LED came before the announcement that the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act would distribute funds to communities with shovel-ready projects. The City of Kenosha was a pioneer in recognizing the potential of LED streetlights to reduce cost and enhance the environment within the community.