Brighter Nights Ahead With LED Streetlight Pilot Project

The city of Sioux Falls will soon have brighter, more efficient streetlighting in six pilot areas in Sioux Falls. The pilot project will replace traditional High-Pressure Sodium (HPS) streetlights with Light Emitting Diode (LED) streetlights.

In total, 65 light fixtures will be replaced with the LED Streetlight Neighborhood Pilot Project.

The new LED streetlights, which are expected to last at least 100,000 hours, will provide the same amount of light but use about half as much energy as the existing HPS streetlights.

The project is expected to realize annual energy savings of over 48,000 kWh, equating to over $4,000 per year. The project will pay for itself in savings in just under five years, or 20,000 operating hours.

“Streetlighting is a vital piece of our city’s infrastructure, and it represents a significant portion of our electricity consumption,” says Jerry Jongeling, Light Superintendent.

The streetlights being replaced include 10 lights along Grange Avenue from 13th Street to 17th Street, 14 lights along 6th Street from West Avenue to Prairie Avenue, 10 lights along East 26th Street from 4th Avenue to 6th Avenue, 20 lights along Minnesota Avenue from 77th Street to 85th Street, and 11 lights from 18th Street to Dakota Avenue and 17th Street to Phillips Avenue.

LED lights have also been installed along the Lake Lorraine development on the west side of Sioux Falls.

The City received a $5,000 grant from Heartland Consumers Power District to help supplement a portion of the expenses for upgrading the City’s lighting from high pressure sodium lights to LED lights.

“LED streetlighting is more affordable than ever, and once they are installed, residents are typically happy with the upgrade,” said Heartland Communications Manager Ann Hyland.

Heartland is a nonprofit, public power utility providing wholesale power, energy services, and community development programs to the City of Sioux Falls, as well as to other communities and state agencies in South Dakota, Minnesota, and Iowa.

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