The City of Melrose is proposing an LED conversion project for all 3,178 city-owned streetlights which is estimated to save up to 65% in energy and maintenance costs. In August, sample LEDs from three manufacturers were installed along Laurel Street from Lebanon to the Melrose Common which received some great feedback in a community survey.
In response to concerns some residents raised about the glare and brightness of the LEDs, the City asked the contractor to install new samples next to the first set which are now up on Laurel Street as indicated on the map below:
What’s different about the new samples? The difference is the color temperature which is measured in Kelvin (K) units. Lower temperatures are warmer and yellower; higher temperatures are cooler and bluer. Our existing high pressure sodium (HPS) streetlights are 2200K. The LED streetlights that we piloted and that hundreds of cities and towns across the country have installed are 4000K which is similar to moonlight. The new samples are 3000K and have a softer, warmer appearance. They are marked with red tape on the poles.
Once again, the City wants your feedback via this survey. Next time you’re driving through Melrose at night, take a detour on Laurel Street between Lebanon and Sixth Streets, and let us know what you think of the 3000K vs. 4000K samples. The survey will close on Sunday, November 15th.
The City will consider cost, efficiency, and product features as well as community feedback when the final proposal is made to the Board of Aldermen. Please contact Melrose Energy Efficiency Manager Martha Grover at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 781-979-4195 with your questions about this project. More information, including a project FAQ, can be found on the City website at: http://www.cityofmelrose.org/departments/office-of-planning-community-development/melrose-streetlight-led-conversion-project/.