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Dracut Announces Start Of Street Light Conversion Project (Plus FAQs)

The Town of Dracut is pleased to announce the conversion of streetlights to LED technology will begin on Tuesday October 9, 2018.
It will take approximately 8 to 10 weeks to change 1,550 streetlights in Town. The Contractor is Dagle Electric Corp (Dagle) and there will be between two and four trucks working throughout Town.
Residents can assist by not parking under or near streetlights over the weeks ahead. LED streetlight fixtures last longer, consume less energy and require less maintenance. Along with the estimated $200,000 savings in reduced electric costs to the Town after the first year of the program, the new streetlights provide a better distribution of light and help improve traffic safety.
The LED streetlight upgrade is being funded in part by a grant from the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) and Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER). See attachment for frequently asked questions about our streetlight conversion project.
Additional questions can be directed to the Town Manager’s office at: [email protected]

Dracut LED Street Light Conversion Project Frequently Asked Questions

1. What kind of street lights has Dracut been using?
The street lights Dracut has been using are High Pressure Sodium (HPS) lights. While HPS is one of the most common street light technologies across the country, it has several drawbacks. HPS street lights are not very energy efficient, cast an orange light under which it is difficult to see color, and tend to produce light that is not of optimal viewing quality.
2. What are LED street lights?
Light Emitting Diodes (LED) are a technology that has been used in solid state lighting for decades. More recently, LED technology has advanced to street light applications. LED street lights are extremely energy efficient, have long life spans, and produce a better color and quality of light than typical High Pressure Sodium (HPS) street lights.
 3. What color of light are LED street light fixtures?
Contrary to the orange light that High Pressure Sodium (HPS) fixtures produce, LED street light fixtures are a cooler, white light under which it is easier to see true colors. HPS lights have a color temperature of 2,200 Kelvin while Dracut’s new LED lights will have a color temperature of 3,000 Kelvin.
4. Why do the new LED fixtures appear to be dimmer?
Although the new LED fixtures produce a different looking light than the HPS fixtures they replaced, they are not actually dimmer. HPS fixtures tend to produce a bright spot directly underneath the fixture, whereas LEDs create a more even pool of light across the ground or roadway.
5. Why is Dracut doing an LED street light conversion project?
Dracut is reducing its energy consumption and maintenance costs associated with street lighting. Installing LED street light fixtures will save energy, require less maintenance, and will provide citizens with better light quality on streets and roadways.
6. How many street lights is Dracut replacing with the LED street light conversion project?
This project will replace approximately 1,550 street lights throughout Dracut, most of which are standard street lights (called “cobra heads”).
7. How much will Dracut likely save when it upgrades to LED street light fixtures?
The project is expected to save Dracut over 480,000 kilowatt hours and over $200,000 in energy costs in the first year after the project is implemented.
8. How long will the project last?
 The installation will begin in October 2018 with anticipated completion in November 2018.
9. What are the benefits of the LED street light fixture project?
The benefits of this project in Dracut include:
  •  Reduced energy consumption resulting in energy cost savings and decreased greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Reduced maintenance costs.
  • Better visible light for Dracut’s citizens.
10. What is Dracut doing with all of the street lights it is removing?
The existing High Pressure Sodium (HPS) street lights will be recycled in accordance with all federal and state environmental guidelines.
11. Where can I call with additional questions about the LED street light conversion project?
For more information about the LED Street Light Conversion project, please contact the Town Manager’s office at [email protected]
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