Village LED Lighting Programs

Over the past seven or eight years, Public Works’ staff have been researching and following the evolution of Light Emitting Diode (LED) applications for streetlights. The use of LED fixtures for high mast street light applications poses challenges that are more significant.  The key challenge has been finding a reliable fixture from a well-established vendor with a proven track record and a support network for maintenance of LED fixtures going forward.

Finally, the biggest challenge by far is finding a fixture that provides pavement light levels equal to or higher than our existing high-pressure sodium (HPS), and mercury vapor (MV) streetlight fixtures.

To date, Traffic Unit crews have installed several test fixtures in order for staff to evaluate the performance of each fixture.  At the present time, there are six fixtures installed:

Ridge Avenue at Eastman Street   Four diode Halophane /American Electric
Salt Creek Lane   Single diode Halophane /American Electric 
Salt Creek Lane   Four diode Halophane /American Electric 
South side of NW Hwy   Four diode Halophane/ American Electric
Dwyer & Heather Cree Inc.   Salt Creek Lane Cree Inc.

Despite ongoing fixture evaluation, staff has completed several LED street lighting upgrades including many lights within the Village's parking garages.

Lighting Upgrades
In 2011, the Traffic Unit completed a lighting project in the downtown area. New Light Emitting Diode (LED) fixtures were installed replacing the existing High Pressure Sodium (HPS) fixtures. These new fixtures are energy conserving and will lower the villages operating expenses. In total three hundred fifty four (354) fixtures were installed. These street/pedestrian level applications for LED lights have been well received and these fixtures have performed well.  The existing fixtures were separated, sorted, and recycled. Funding for this project was secured through the Energy Efficiency Community Block Grant (EECBG)

In 2012 the Traffic Department personnel completed a project with the installation of induction lighting in the Evergreen, and Municipal parking garages. Existing Metal Halide components were removed, and Induction lighting retro kits were installed. A total of 284 units were converted. This retrofit project will result in an annual energy consumption savings of approximately 60%. Funding for this project was secured through the Energy Efficiency Community Block Grant (EECBG). The Metal Halide components were separated, sorted, and properly recycled.  

In 2015, the Traffic Unit installed a new motion/presence activated lighting control for the Green Exhibit in the downtown train station. This type of lighting control demonstrates the technology available for energy conservation.

In 2017, the Traffic Unit personnel removed sixty-four Metal Halide type fixtures, and replaced them with Light Emitting Diode (LED) type fixtures. The village participated in a reimbursement program through the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Development (DCEO) to complete this project. The Traffic Unit personnel removed fifty High Pressure Sodium type fixtures and replaced them with LED type fixtures in the Lost Creek subdivision and surrounding area. Participation in the DCEO reimbursement program was used for this project as well.