Bibb Commission approved a $1,558,700 project to install over 1,500 LED streetlights. These streetlights will be the same as the LED lights Georgia Power has already placed across Macon-Bibb County.
Pam Burkhalter says she has noticed several improvements from the LED streetlights.
“I noticed it out here. Much brighter, much clearer, much wider radius,” says Burkhalter. She says she noticed right away when her Macon neighborhood got LED streetlights.
“The light was so much brighter, so much clearer. I made my youngest child come out, and say please tell me this light is very very different,” says Burkhalter.
The Bibb County commission voted to replace almost 1,600 street lights with the same LED lights Georgia Power has placed across the county. Georgia Power gave us these pictures comparing a regular to streetlight to their LED lights.
Director of Bibb County facilities management, Rob Ryals, says, “LEDs are so low maintenance that we should be practically maintenance-free for several years.”
Ryals says the current county streetlights are good for about five years, but LED lights should last around 25.
“We rely on citizens to call in when a streetlights out, and I also send patrols out after hours, paying people over time,” says Ryals. He says the LED lights will cut back on costs, and the savings should pay off the costs within a few years. One cost-effective feature is a control that will notify him when a bulb burns out.
“I'll be able to access the grid, so to speak, on a dashboard on a remote computer and determine and diagnose what’s wrong without sending a single person out,” says Ryals.
Burkhalter says she is excited about more LED lights coming to her.
“When I’m outside at night because I forgot to pick up the mail or I need to take out the trash, or I’m walking one of the dogs, I feel a whole lot safer. There’s more light and it’s brighter,” says Burkhalter.
Ryals says this project will focus on lights in the city’s urban core, but he says all county streetlights will be converted to LED over the next few years.
Mary Grace Shaw, 13WMAZ