First published in the Feb. 16 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.
Southern California Edison is in the process of retrofitting light fixtures within the city and anticipates finishing the LED updates in late February 2023.
The installation of LED lights positively impacts the environment by decreasing energy usage and improves the visibility for residents and public safety officials. Additionally, the new lights are projected to bring down energy costs, emit little heat, last for approximately 12-20 years, emit less light into homes, evenly illuminate the surface of the road, and allow motorists and public safety officials to see more detail, such as the color of cars
SCE will also evaluate streetlights that are near homes to determine if shields should be installed around the fixtures to help direct light away from residences.
The new bulbs will slightly shift the color of the lights. The original High-Pressure Sodium Vapor bulbs emited light at approximately 2200-2400k, which presents a warm, yellow glow. The new LED lights will emit a soft light at 3000k in the residential areas and 4,000k on Foothill Boulevard, meaning the lights will be a cooler color, but not brighter.
For questions, contact the Public Works Department at email@example.com.