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Posted on: April 4, 2017

Richton Park’s LED Energy Efficiency Retrofit

By replacing various lighting fixtures throughout the Village, Richton Park will be able to reach their goals of decreased energy consumption and improved lighting quality. Typical lifespan values of LEDs range from 7,000 hours to 15,000 hours before a bulb requires replacement. LED lighting lasts longer, provides better light, costs less to maintain, and consumes much less energy than existing older lighting fixtures.

To date, lighting replacement has begun throughout all Village owned subdivisions where Richton Park operates the lighting. Next month (May 2017), construction and replacement of lights in the Metra Parking lots will occur, followed by lighting replacement along Sauk Trail, Governors Highway, and Richton Road in the Village’s Town Center. Total completion of the conversion from HID and HPS lights to LED Village-wide is estimated for late 2017.

Many commercial and institutional parking lots are illuminated with these high intensity discharge HID or HPS lights. These light sources use more energy than LED lights and produce over lit "hot spots" on the ground below, while the LEDs maintain consistent luminance levels.

Commercial LED lighting is changing the way municipalities and organizations operate by helping improved lighting quality; decrease energy consumption; and decrease maintenance costs. In today’s age, these objectives are important for organizations that have many residents and high traffic.

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