City of Melbourne Converts 4,073 Streetlights on Residential Roads to LED Lights
By Space Coast Daily // February 10, 2022
energy savings of 1,515,900 kilowatt-hours per year
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – The City of Melbourne is well on its way to converting all streetlights in the City to LEDs (Light Emitting Diode), 4,073 streetlights on residential roads have been converted.
This equates to an energy savings of 1,515,900 kilowatt-hours per year and a carbon dioxide removal of 1,074 metric tons, which equals the removal of greenhouse gas emissions from 234 cars.
The new LED streetlights provide more benefits than just saving energy and money. They have a much longer life span, are safer for traffic, warm up quicker, have lower maintenance costs, and are safer for the environment because they don’t contain lead or mercury and do not produce ultraviolet light.
The LED streetlights also have a whiter, brighter, and more consistent light than the former high-pressure sodium lights they replaced.
The City of Melbourne has converted all of the streetlights on city-owned streets and is now working to replace streetlights on Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT)-maintained roadways within the City.
Major FDOT roads including S.R. 192 — Strawbridge Avenue and W. New Haven Avenue, the streetlights on E. New Haven Avenue, the decorative, low-level lights in the downtown area, were changed out to LEDs by the City about five years ago).
Other FDOT thoroughfares in Melbourne include U.S. 1, Eau Gallie Boulevard, Babcock Street, NASA Boulevard and State Road A1A.