Donaldson Drive lights

 Donaldson Drive will be getting new energy-efficient lighting. At its Monday, Sept. 23 meeting, the Fenton City Council voted favorably to replace the current 400-watt metal halide fixtures with 60-watt LED luminaires.

 According to Interim Public Works Director Dan Brisson, the current fixtures feature globe-type covers that are delaminating (hazing), which greatly reduce light output. They require frequent re-lamping and several fixtures have corrosion issues where the bulbs are mounted.

 “The current operating budget includes funding to convert 26 streetlights on Donaldson Drive to LED luminaires,” Brisson said.

 Chapple Electric of Fenton has proposed 60-watt LED luminaires and a return-on-investment analysis that determines a payback of one year and eight months when considering energy savings and the maintenance cost of re-lamping the existing fixtures, Brisson said.

 The cost to replace the lighting fixtures with new acorn-style globes is $11,430, which includes materials, labor, estimated permit costs and estimated Consumers Energy incentive rebates.

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