The Takoma Park City Council recently voted unanimously to replace all of its traditional streetlights with high-efficiency LED fixtures, according to an announcement on the city’s website.

There are 1,505 streetlights in the city, and the replacement fixtures could save up to $100,000 per year in energy and maintenance costs, according to a Pepco estimate.

Takoma Park currently pays Pepco, which owns the lights, about $233,00 per year for streetlights, including about $53,000 paid to WGL for wind-powered electricity.

 “Today we take a huge step forward as a community in fighting climate change and reducing our energy consumption,” said Mayor Kate Stewart about the decision. “Converting all of our streetlights to LED is the equivalent of eliminating 912,031 miles driven by car, each year. This project will also reduce our light pollution, increase public safety, and save us money. Making this switch has been a community effort and is an example of our long-standing commitment to sustainability and innovation.”

The fixtures selected for the project are 3,000K and will range in wattage from 24 Watts for residential streets, to 135 Watts in high traffic commercial areas. All of the fixtures will be International Dark-Sky Association Certified, which will reduce light pollution in the city.

The project is expected to cost $372,000 and the council expects to receive a $260,000 rebate from the EmPOWER Maryland program.

The new LED streetlight fixtures were selected taking into account the Illumination Engineering Society of North American guidelines for illumination levels and will help create more uniform lighting at the street and sidewalk level, correcting areas that are currently over or under lit, the city said.

Pepco is also providing additional field-installable shields to address instances where light from the new fixtures is found to shine directly into the windows of adjacent properties.

Updates on the project will be available online.

Photo of an example of an LED streetlight published under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareALike license.

Mike Diegel

Co-Founder/Editor at Source of the Spring
Mike Diegel, a founding member of Source of the Spring, is a Silver Spring advocate who has been appointed by the county executive to several committees and task forces. He currently is a member of the Silver Spring Arts & Entertainment District Advisory Committee. His background is in journalism and he earned a bachelor of arts in communications from McDaniel College. He is self-employed as a communications consultant and is an active volunteer with Appalachian Great Pyrenees Rescue. He has lived for more than 20 years in Northwood/Four Corners with his wife Trish and multiple Great Pyrenees dogs. He is better known around Silver Spring as the Guy with the Big White Dogs.
Takoma Park Council Votes to Convert to LED Streetlights