MASSENA - Maple Street residents in Massena can soon expect to see new, energy efficient LED lighting installed in their area, replacing the existing high pressure sodium lighting.
Massena Electric Department Deputy Supervisor Dale F. Raymo explained during the utility boards monthly meeting the new lighting was in stock and received earlier this week, but it will take some time to get the manpower scheduled to install it.
The lights arent installed yet. They just came in stock on Monday or Tuesday of this week so theyll be putting them up soon, Mr. Raymo said. Ill wait until I get two-man crews. Right now theres a lot of vacation time so I got to get a two man crew quite a bit, so Ill have them putting those up.
Massena Electric Department Superintendent Andrew J. McMahon said that it will be very interesting to see the reaction to (the LED lighting).
Each LED fixture itself costs arpproximately $300 as opposed to $100 for the existing lighting. However, Mr. Raymo feels that the benefits from the new product will outweigh the negative aspect with the increase in price.
Theyre about two thirds more cost but they are also using about two thirds less electricity, he said. Theres about 24 light fixtures going down between Main Street and Town Line Road and all 24 of those lights right now are a high pressure sodium light and they give off a yellowish tint. Theyre going to be changed to a new LED light, which is a whiter light and that will be taking place over the next couple weeks. They are much more energy efficient.
The installation is part of the departments energy efficiency plan, and new lighting been installed in on Judith, Marie, Kathleen, Ober and Chase streets.
Payment for the LED fixtures came out of the MEDs energy efficiency fund and is part of the departments global relief program. They have received grants from Alcoa and the New York Power Authority to assist with the program.