Orland Park Begins Village Wide Conversion of Residential Street Lights

Orland Park Begins Village Wide Conversion of Residential Street Lights
Posted on 08/29/2018
Orland Park Begins Village Wide Conversion of Residential Street Lights

The Orland Park Public Works Department has begun its village wide conversion of residential streets lights to LED, light emitting diode lighting.

"The village has been working on the conversion from high pressure sodium vapor street lights to LED lights for a number of years," said Trustee Kathy Fenton, chair of the village's Public Works Committee. "We have a few residential areas already changed over and are looking forward to having the residential areas of the village completed by the end of 2018. The ComEd rebates of more than $231,000 will help offset the cost of the project."

LED lights are more durable than current lights and depreciate at a slower rate. LEDs do not contain toxic chemicals and they reduce overall maintenance costs.

"Our plan is to convert every residential street light to an LED fixture," said Director of Public Works John Ingram. "Cities across the country have converted to LED because it's energy efficient, environmentally friendly and delivers a significant electrical cost savings. Those savings are estimated to be more than $95,000 annually."

Ingram continued, "In subsequent years, we will begin replacing village owned light fixtures on streets maintained by the state and county. Special review and permits are required to make changes at these locations. We are also looking at decorative lighting at a number of locations including the historic area and parking lot lights at different village and Metra parking lots."

Orland Park is working with the CTS Group on its conversion, a company that specializes in reducing energy consumption and project management. Using information provided by Public Works, CTS Group will audit each light pole to verify the location and current wattage to ensure an appropriate replacement is obtained.

"Because of their energy efficiency and long lifespan, LED streetlights are advocated as a means for reducing carbon emissions. According to one estimate, converting all American light fixtures to LEDs would halve the amount of energy used for lighting in the country [source: Rosenthal and Barringer]," wrote Jacob Silverman for "How Things Work."

Light levels can be controlled with LED lights and not being ultraviolet, they do not attract bugs.

"The reduced maintenance costs are significant with LED lights," Fenton added. "LEDs don't have filaments that burn out quickly. They last a long time."

Orland Park subdivisions already converted to LED lights include Greystone Ridge, Deer Haven Estates II, Parkside Square, and El Cameno Terrace.

Nearly 2500 high pressure sodium fixture heads will be replaced with LED heads between October and December, 2018. Existing light poles will remain the same. All of the ComEd lights, typically on wooden poles in Orland Park have been converted to LED.