Longmont Power & Communications has always emphasized saving energy and saving money with it. And these days, one of the newest tools to help that is the LED bulb.
Getting the LED In
A light-emitting diode, or LED, is a familiar sight to most of us. It's the little indicator light we've seen glow on a computer or dashboard. But it's also the cool glow of a neighbor's Christmas lights ... or the steady shine of the headlights down the street ... or even the streetlights by your sidewalk and the light bulbs in your home.
Why are these lights so common? Because LEDs use only a tiny portion of the power needed by traditional incandescent bulbs and even less than fluorescent lights. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, today's LED bulbs can cut energy use by more than 80% and have a useful life of 25,000 hours – about three straight years of being operated 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They’re also excellent for nighttime safety, since an LED offers clearer vision with better color perception than other means of illumination.
The Department of Energy estimates that by 2030, LEDs will account for 75% of all lighting sales, and that switching entirely to LEDs over the next two decades could save the U.S. $250 million in energy costs while reducing energy consumption for lights by 50%.
Want to be part of the solution? Buy a light bulb! Follow this link to find a current list of Longmont retailers that offer discounts on ENERGY STAR-rated LEDs. The specific discounts vary from store to store and are offered in partnership with Efficiency Works, our program to help homes and businesses save energy and money.
StreetlightsWe also believe in using LEDs ourselves. This summer, the Boulder County Youth Corps helped us replace all the bulbs all the bulbs in Longmont’s 9,823 pedestal light with LED luminaires. These are the lampposts seen in many Longmont residential neighborhoods, between six-and-a-half and seven feet high.
In 2015, we replaced the lamps in 160 street lights with LEDs, mostly between Main and Martin Streets on Ken Pratt Boulevard and from Ken Pratt to Longs Peak Avenue on Main Street. All together, we’ve put LEDs in roughly 200 of Longmont’s streetlights, including earlier test areas at Hover Street, South Sunset Street and South Martin Street. We’re also investigating plans to gradually convert all 4,100 street lights in the city to LEDs.