LED lighting installed at Phelps, Trail intersection

The city of Apache Junction Public Works Department has retrofitted the street lights at the Apache Trail and Phelps Drive intersection to the new light-emitting diode, or LED, fixtures. City officials say the state-of-the-art technology will give the city an annual savings of over 40 percent per year compared to the current year’s cost, according to a press release.

Return on investment of the new fixture is expected to be achieved in 4.7 years; the estimated life span of the LEDs is 10-15 years, according to the release.

Apache Trail and Phelps Drive is among several intersections slated to be converted during the next few years. The intersection of San Marcos and Broadway Avenue was a test pilot for the LED street lights, which were installed in 2013.
“This conversion is a natural step after converting several of our city hall complex parking lot lights to LED lighting a couple of years back. With continued success of these conversions, we look to further deploy LED lighting in the near future to include residential streets and also pilot the even more advanced technology such as solar powered LED street lighting,” Apache Junction Public Works Manager Shane Kiesow said in the release.

Similar energy conservation projects completed by the city over the past several years include the retrofitting of air conditioning/heating systems, water fixture improvements, lighting and HVAC energy management controls, and interior lighting retrofits within the majority of the city-owned buildings.
Converting all of the city’s traffic signals to the LED technology began in 2005 and was completed in 2011.

“In addition to the environmental and financial benefits, the higher quality illumination offered by the LED technologies increases safety as well,” Mr. Kiesow said.

For additional information, call the Apache Junction Public Works Department at 480-982-1055.

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