City’s bright idea: More efficient lights

Program to test cost, energy savings by swapping sodium units for LEDs

Grand Valley Power crews begin switching the lighting to more cost-effective and energy-efficient bulbs and fixtures at the 24 1/2 Road roundabout Thursday.



Officials with the city of Grand Junction and Grand Valley Power are looking on the bright side as they test some energy-efficient streetlights in north Grand Junction.

Thanks to a state grant, workers have replaced high-pressure sodium lights with new induction lighting and LED lights in 30 locations along G Road and H Road and in some nearby neighborhoods.

During the two-year test phase, the city wants to compare the cost savings and energy savings, then decide whether to invest in the technology.

“We’re looking at ways to save money in the long term,” Grand Junction Public Works and Planning departments spokeswoman Kristin Winn said.

Energy Services Administrator Derek Elder of Grand Valley Power said he expects the lights will create energy savings of between 25 percent and 75 percent. Money saved from the project will be returned to city coffers, he said.

The new lighting may appear whiter than the yellowish tint cast by the older sodium lights. Efficiency of the new lights will be judged by their longevity, maintenance issues, color and quality of light and the amount of energy saved.

Taxpayers are expected to spend $1.4 million on energy costs for streetlights within the city limits next year. City officials are considering asking residents for an additional fee to pay for the service.

A $25,000 grant to fund the pilot project came from an Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant through the Governor’s Energy Office.

Residents are encouraged to provide their thoughts on the new lighting in an online survey at http://www.gjcity.org.


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