The government of Saint Lucia successfully commenced the Street Lighting – Light Emitting Diode (LED) Bulb Replacement Pilot Project over the weekend.
Government is said to be taking advantage of the opportunities for energy conservation and the use of more energy-efficient lighting. On a yearly basis, the government of Saint Lucia pays an estimated $7 million to LUCELEC in street-lighting bills.
Officials say if the LED Pilot Project is successful, government would be interested in how this energy consumption product can be used to bring about significant changes in the country’s public sector energy consumption patterns.
Under the pilot project, 48 LED bulbs have been erected along the John Compton Highway and Jeremie Street.
Trouble call and street lighting supervisor, Vincent Antoine, said the objective for installing the new bulbs straddles both energy efficiency and going green trends.
“This is to reduce on the energy consumption of these lights, so this project will be monitored. First we’re going to install a meter to monitor consumption, and then we’ll also check the level of the lighting so we don’t compromise the existing lighting level. This is going to be monitored throughout a period of about a month or so or even more, but it’s basically to reduce the energy consumption,” he said.
The contractor who undertook the task of changing the bulbs, Windy Mangal of Islandwide Electricals, is confident that the LED street lamps will deliver an exemplary statement as it has been proven to be a better choice than incandescent bulbs.
“It burns about 10 percent less power than the normal lights we have on the system, and it gives you a better light while the other one will give you a yellowish colour,” Mangal said.
At the end of January 2011, there was over 19,000 street lights installed island wide. Currently, street light bulbs vary in wattage (70w, 80w and 250w) and are placed according to locations. The highest wattage utilized is the 250w sodium bulbs, which can be found along the highways.