Madison Heights plans to replace all city streetlights with LED fixtures

By: Andy Kozlowski | Madison - Park News | Published September 2, 2020

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MADISON HEIGHTS — All are invited to an online town hall where the city of Madison Heights will discuss plans under consideration for the replacement of all city-owned streetlights with more energy-efficient LED models.

The meeting will take place via Zoom at 6 p.m. Sept. 9. Visit madison-heights.org for the link to the Zoom meeting.

“The conversion of street lights to LED is a big step in our ongoing commitment to the environment. The improved light quality will make our neighborhoods and city safer while improving the aesthetics throughout Madison Heights,” said Madison Heights Mayor Roslyn Grafstein. “I am hopeful the return on investment for this project will make it an easy decision for City Council.”

So far, the city has upgraded 388 streetlights, out of 1,733 streetlights total. The upgrades change the streetlights from high-pressure sodium fixtures to LED fixtures. Installation of the remaining lights would be handled by DTE Energy, following City Council’s approval. DTE officials and city staff will discuss the city-wide conversion in greater detail during the town hall.

The project costs $412,000 overall but will pay for itself within four years. This is because it will yield energy cost savings of nearly $97,500 each year. DTE Energy will also award the city an “energy optimization” rebate of nearly $33,800. City officials say that savings from the project will be reinvested into community initiatives aimed at making the city more attractive to residents, visitors and businesses.

The lights themselves are said to offer improved illumination for increased visibility and safety, and they will last longer too, with a lifespan of 15 to 20 years, compared to the lifespan of five to seven years for a traditional streetlight. This will also reduce long-term maintenance costs.

City officials believe the LED fixtures will look nicer too, providing a uniform lighting experience throughout the community.

“We are proud to undertake this critical infrastructure project, which will not only modernize the city and improve safety for Madison Heights residents, but also have a lasting positive impact on the environment,” said Madison Heights City Manager Melissa Marsh in a statement. “In addition, the long-term savings for the city will be extensive, and allow the city to better serve our residents.“

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