New Light Fixtures On Jasper Square Result In 50% Energy Savings

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From Shelby Hettinger – City of Jasper

JASPER, Ind. – Electric utility distribution manager, Jerry Schitter, announced today that work he is currently doing on the city street lamps around the Downtown Square will allow for a reduction in energy usage of 50 percent.

The decorative lamps around the Square have weathered since their installment in the early 1990s, and the electric department will improve their efficiency as well as their aesthetics while doing maintenance on these lamp posts.

While the electric department re-paints the light fixtures, they will also replace the current 150 watt sodium bulbs with 100 watt light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs, and add new globes to all existing poles. “The change to 100 watt LED bulbs alone will save 40 percent in energy” says Schitter. The electric department will also reduce the number of multiple heads used in the light fixtures which will conserve energy usage.

A recent study done by Grah LED Lighting shows that the new updates to the Square lighting will be safer, as well. Sodium bulbs are thought to be efficient. During the evening, however, sodium bulbs emit a light that negatively affects drivers. The white light emitted from LED street lamps doubles driver’s peripheral vision and allows for an increase in driver break time reactions by 25 percent.

This new project taken on by Schitter and the electrical department has already begun. The city street lamps at German American Plaza have been updated with these LED bulbs, the lamps on the Square are currently being worked on, and the lamps at the Riverwalk and the Train Depot will be updated in the future. By reducing energy usage by 50 percent and increasing vision for drivers at night, this update to the light fixtures on the Square looks to make the downtown area more attractive, safer and energy efficient.

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