The Town of Smithtown, located on the North Shore of Long Island, recently received a $1 million Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECGB) to convert nearly 10 percent of the Town’s 11,600 streetlights from high-pressure sodium (HPS) to more energy efficient LED luminaires.
The new streetlights replace 150-, 250- and 400-watt HPS fixtures on the Town’s main arterial streets. The streetlights were slated to be upgraded with induction fixtures. After learning about the impressive energy and maintenance savings potential and modern appearance of Cree® LEDway® streetlights, Smithtown’s Traffic Safety and Lighting Director, Mitch Crowley, initiated a pilot program to compare LED, induction and electronic ballasted HPS systems. At the end of the program, Cree products were chosen. This will be the first major installation of LED luminaires on Long Island.
“Smithtown is thrilled to be the first town on Long Island to commit to LED streetlights, which helps our strategy for better energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reduction,” said Smithtown Supervisor Pat Vecchio. “The new lights yield a six-year payback and are also dark sky friendly.”