Holland BPW Teams with City to Install LED Lights in Centennial Park

Project is estimated to save $2,800 in annual energy costs

HOLLAND, MI, January 03, 2013 – The Holland Board of Public Works (HBPW) is partnering with the City of Holland to install dimmable Light Emitting Diode (LED) pedestrian lights in Centennial Park, the city's oldest park located adjacent to City Hall.

In total, 48 60-watt dimmable LEDs are being installed along pathways in the 5.6-acre downtown park, replacing aging and energy-wasting metal halide lights. The project is intended to demonstrate the energy optimization of LEDs as a viable emerging technology.

"HBPW is continually looking at approaches that can help our customers save energy and money as they transition to greener technologies," says Anne Saliers, conservation programs manager. "Although the upfront costs of LEDs are still comparatively high, there are solid reasons to consider them as the technology continues to develop."

The new LEDs in Centennial Park are projected to use 70% less energy and last at least 4-5 times longer than the existing metal halides. In addition, because LEDs contain no mercury or other toxic materials, disposal at the end of their lifespan is safe and easy, requiring no special procedures.

The project is expected to save the city $2,800 annually in electricity costs, reports Mark VanderPloeg, Holland's municipal planner. Because LEDs are nearly maintenance-free, repair and replacement costs will also be dramatically improved. The existing halides needed replacement every 1-2 years, and the globes have become discolored and are in generally poor condition.

The Lumecon "Ring of Fire" LEDs selected for the park are designed with an incorporated globe and provide an appearance in keeping with the Victorian aesthetic of the 136-year-old park. The new LEDs are being installed on existing lampposts.

A special feature is their ability to be programmed to automatically dim to one of eight settings using radio frequency technology. Another advantage is a "dark sky" feature that directs illumination downward, reducing nighttime light pollution while improving visibility and safety on the ground, and each light has a photocell that detects daylight so it automatically turns on and off as needed.

Lumecon headquarters are in Farmington Hills, Michigan, and more than 50% of manufacturing and assembly of its LED products occur within Michigan.

Joint funding for the $35,000 project comes from the HBPW Energy Optimization fund, collected from customers in accordance with Michigan Public Act 295, and the City's Capital Improvement Fund. HBPW and the City will monitor the energy use and overall performance of the LEDs.

This is Holland's third LED retrofit project. Traffic signals were converted to LEDs in 2008, and pedestrian lights in the downtown shopping area were converted in 2009. Unlike the new lights in Centennial Park, the downtown LEDs do not have a dim feature.

About Holland BPW: Established in 1893, the Holland Board of Public Works is a community-owned enterprise providing utility services to the Holland area. We are committed to improving the economic and environmental quality of the community in partnership with our customers, providing reliable services at the lowest rates achievable through innovation, efficiency, and professional operations. We provide electric generation and distribution, water and wastewater treatment and broadband services to the City of Holland and selected areas.

For more information on the power, water, broadband and wastewater treatment services provided by the Holland Board of Public Works, please visit our web site at www.hollandbpw.com

Media Contact:
Anne Saliers
Holland Board of Public Works