The city of Battle Creek said this week that it has upgraded to LED lighting in traffic signals and decorative streetscape lighting, as well as moving to high-efficiency fluorescent upgrades in key city buildings.
Battle Creek's energy conversion represents the largest LED project to date, per capita, in Michigan, and one of the largest LED projects in North America.
"The conversion to LED lighting will deliver significant return on investment to Battle Creek," said Michelle Reen, assistant to the city manager. "Battle Creek will save more than $50,000 annually in exterior lighting electric costs alone, so the conversion to LED lighting is making a significant impact on energy consumption and the city's bottom line, too. Additionally, Battle Creek will save other critical resources, including labor costs and materials."
The project supports the city's Climate Protection Policy goals of reducing energy use for city operations and facilities, a policy adopted in 2006 by the City Commission.
Honeywell Inc., Midwest Illumination, and Relume Technologies retrofitted Battle Creek's 1,388 existing incandescent traffic, turn, and pedestrian signals with new LED modules. Existing overhead fluorescent-lit street name signs and information kiosks were also retrofitted with LEDs to improve traffic safety and deliver energy savings. Additionally, Midwest Illumination, working with ReLume Technologies, engineered a leading edge streetscape lighting solution for 536 decorative fixtures located in the central business and Lakeview shopping districts.
"For every three decorative fixtures converted to LED we reduced the carbon emissions equal to a vehicle's output in a year," said Reen. "For our light fixtures alone, that is the equivalent of emission reductions of nearly 180 cars."
Battle Creek also converted lighting throughout key city buildings to further reduce costs and increase energy conservation. Midwest Illumination upgraded interior lighting in City Hall and the central Police Station from T12 fluorescent to high efficiency T8 Technology.
Battle Creek's LED conversion project will deliver a more than 900,000 kilowatt-hour reduction in energy consumption, saving the city 81 percent in electric costs annually, totaling more than $52,000 each year. Additionally, Battle Creek will save nearly $90,000 per year in material and labor maintenance.