OAKLEY -- The city is preparing to replace much of its outdoor lighting with cutting-edge light fixtures that save energy, last longer and, some say, generate a more pleasant light than their predecessors.
The city is using a $169,000 energy-efficiency grant awarded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to convert more than half of its public streetlights to energy efficient light-emitting diode, or LED, lights.
In addition to the environmental benefits of the project, the city expects to recoup about half of its electricity costs with the new lights, according to city to City Manager Bryan Montgomery.
The city is accepting proposals to convert about 300 of its 500 public lights to the energy-efficient technology. Officials expect to award a contract next month, and the project could be completed as soon as February.
Oakley will continue to convert the remaining lights on streets, public parking lots and community parks to LED technology as funds become available, Montgomery said.
Antioch performed a $4.65 million lighting retrofit project last year.
The project, which city officials think is the largest of its kind nationwide, included more than 8,000 lighting poles. Other cities -- including El Cerrito and Ripon, in San Joaquin County -- are also phasing in energy-efficient lighting.
LED fixtures use 60 percent of the power of the older, high-pressure sodium fixtures and are expected to last
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