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Pittsburg works to relight downtown district

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The city of Pittsburg installed new lights in it's downtown district on Thursday. The LED lights are part of a pilot program believed to save the city money and energy. 

Pittsburg's Public Works Director Bill Beasley says the city has been looking for new downtown lighting for the last couple years. 

"We need to improve the lighting, but we need to find a more economical way to do that," said Beasley. 

Currently lights are being replaced every four years, city workers say some go out even before that. Beasley says the city can't afford to continue replacing lights on a regular basis. 

"The LED lights would probably be 3 times or 75% more efficient," said Beasley. 

Joe Beaman has worked for the city for about 10 years. He believes converting to LED Lights is a move in the right direction.  

"You're looking at it from a perspective from 70 watts [LED]  to 250 watts [current] of usage so they put out the same amount of light out but less electric. I mean that's the simple math of it," said Beaman.

About 80 lights are in the downtown district. Current lights cost the city $19 to replace. The LED lights would cost $535 dollars each. 

The city says the current lights last about 5 years, the LED's are expected to last at least 16 years and come with a warranty. 

Over time the city believes they can save more than $100,000.

To tell the city what you think email Joe Beaman @ joe.beaman@pittks.org


 

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