Menlo Park streetlights go green

City swaps sodium bulbs for LEDs

About 20 percent of Menlo Park's 2,300 street lights will start to shine a little brighter and burn a little less energy once the city finishes replacing 445 sodium bulbs with light-emitting diode (LED) fixtures.

The $323,154 project is funded by an energy conservation grant and the Community Development Housing Fund. Engineering Services Manager Chip Taylor estimated the swap will save the city $29,000 a year. The LEDs should also cut Menlo Park's annual carbon dioxide production by 123,000 pounds, he said.

Streets selected for the new lights include Santa Cruz Avenue, Willow Road, El Camino Real, and Middlefield Road.

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Posted by Sybille
a resident of Menlo Park: Fair Oaks
on Jan 21, 2011 at 3:36 pm

And now let's hope that they will de-activate the light that lets people drive (!) straight across El Camino Real from the former dealership onto Middle Ave. Only the pedestrian light is needed in that direction.

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Posted by Evelyn
a resident of another community
on Jan 22, 2011 at 12:49 pm

Oh, rats! I thought the headline meant that motorists would have green lights all the way through the business district on El Camino Real! Any time the City makes a "geen" change like this, it's a very progressive step while saving money. Good news.

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