For Immediate Release
August 17, 2017
Contact: Nicole Singletary
Miami Lakes, FL -While many municipalities across the country have converted their streetlights to LED, Miami Lakes is one of the first municipalities in South Florida to convert all Town-owned streetlights to LED. This project will replace approximately 900 streetlights throughout Miami Lakes, including standard streetlights (called “cobra heads”) and decorative streetlights.
The LED retrofit project supports two goals identified in the Town’s 10-year strategic plan: 1. Achieve universal environmental sustainability in public and private environments, operations and infrastructure; and, 2. Achieve national recognition as a ‘Model Town’ for creativity, education, innovation and use of technology.
The LED streetlight fixtures will not only save energy, require less maintenance, but will also provide residents with better light quality on streets and roadways, while creating more consistent streetlighting throughout the Town.
It is estimated that the LED conversion program will reduce:
- 238,034 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year
- energy costs by approximately 65% or $25,000 per year
- maintenance costs by at least 45% or approximately $45,000 per year
- staff monitoring costs of $2,000 per year
Based on the estimated reduction in energy and maintenance cost, the payback period for the LED retrofit conversion will be approximately 5.5 years.
To address residents’ concerns about temperature in and color of the lights: the lights are 3000 Kelvin light temperature which is a warmer color compared to early generation LEDs. This is the recommended color temperature that will provide a clear, but soft light.
Please visit www.miamilakes-fl.gov/2025plan to view the Town’s 10-year strategic plan.