City of Olympia Converts to LED Streetlights

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The Olympia Oyster House has been a landmark along the Olympia waterfront for decades.


Submitted by City of Olympia

On Monday, October 14, 2013, a contractor will begin work to replace 3,200 City-owned streetlights with new Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology. Work is expected to be complete by the end of January 2014.

This project will cost the City approximately $2.8 million, which will come from a combination of funding sources, including a Department of Commerce Energy Efficiency Grant. We predict it will save approximately $174,000 annually in power costs.

The benefits of LED technology include:

  • Increased reliability – extremely low failure rate, which means less outages and reduced maintenance costs
  • Better light quality – colors are more identifiable
  • Light is directed at the ground

The City has contracted with the Light Doctor to perform the work. Watch for them in your neighborhood soon. The tentative schedule is as follows:

Westside: October

Southeast: November

Northeast: December

Downtown: January


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