Robertsdale Installing LED Streetlights

March 23, 2012

Energy efficient streetlights should be in place along Ala. 59 by July, city officials said this week.

The Robertsdale City Council voted Monday to accept a bid from Stuart C. Irby Co. for $97,732 to retrofit street lights on the highway. A grant from the U.S. Department of Energy will pay most of the cost of replacing several models of lights with a system using light-emitting diodes, said Greg Smith, city engineer.

"This will be for all of highway 59 from the (Central Baldwin) Middle School down to 48," Smith said. "We’ll be changing out from incandescent-type lighting to LEDs."

Smith said the contract calls for the work to be finished by June 30.

He said the grant will pay $90,000 leaving the city to pay the remaining $7,732. Under the terms of the project, 120 lights will be replaced.

The new lights will reduce both energy and replacement costs. The electrical cost for the incandescent lamps now in use is about $120 a year, compared to about $39 a year for LED lights.

 The incandescent bulbs last about 22,000 hours, while the LED lamps last more than twice as long, about 50,000 hours, city officials said.  Read more on this story in the March 23 edition of