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Sep
19
2016
City streetlight test moving to new locations; residents asked to take survey

As the City enters a second phase of testing LED streetlights, the City asks residents passing this week through two of Yuma’s busiest intersections this coming week to please take a short, online, 10-question survey.

Streetlights at the major intersections of 8th Street and 4th Avenue and at 24th Street and 4th Avenue will be installed with light-emitting diode (LED) lights, with several more installations expected soon. Their performance will be observed over a 10-day period starting Thursday, Sept. 22.

Following the tests at these two intersections, the City has proposed testing in additional Yuma neighborhoods and intersections. Residents in the neighborhood test zones will receive printed copies of the survey hung on the front doors of their residences. Those selected for the printed survey are asked to please complete and return the survey forms using the instructions provided on the survey.

The City asks residents who drive while lit at night through either or both of these intersections or in any of the upcoming test neighborhoods to please complete a short online survey, the link to which is here or available in the corresponding City News item at www.yumaaz.gov.

“The goal of this analysis is to find and recommend a model for future LED installations around the city,” noted City of Yuma Public Works Manager Pete Montalvo.

The survey will remain up through the test period in early November. In it, the City asks residents their experience of the LED streetlights, particularly in the areas of visibility, safety and aesthetics.

The City planned the expected streetlight conversion upon learning the experiences and advantages of LED lights in other cities.  LEDs have two to four times the lifespan of the current high-pressure sodium lights.  Objects are usually visible in their more natural color. LEDs return to full luminance instantly in the event of a power failure, unlike bulbs that require heating time upon restart. The directional pattern of LED streetlights reduces spillover of light into nearby homes. LEDs are additionally believed to be less attractive to nocturnal insects. And LEDs tend not to burn out; instead, their brightness fades over time.

The City anticipates a 50 percent energy savings should its inventory of nearly 8,000 streetlights be converted to LEDs.