City seeks public input on improved streetlights

Published on Thu, Dec 15, 2011 by Jeremy Schwartz

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Notice a difference in the streetlights at H Street and 3rd? City of Blaine Public Works wants to know.

Public works staff have been given two types of light-emitting diode (LED) street lamps to test out for 30 days, and acting Blaine public works director Bill Bullock wants input on which one Blaine residents like best. The LED lamps have been placed in the street lights on the northwest corner and southeast corner of the intersection of H and 3rd streets.

There are two types of LEDs at the intersection: amber-colored, to mimic the color of the standard lamps, and bright white. The remaining lights at the intersection still have the standard sodium vapor lamps in them so residents can compare the two, Bullock explained.

The LEDs, in addition to using about half the energy of the standard lamps, will also last about twice as long as the lamps in the other lights along H Street. Though they cost more to purchase, the LEDs will retain about 90 percent of their light over most of their 15-year lifespan. Sodium vapor lamps, in comparison, hold about 40 percent of their light halfway through their seven-year lifespan and then start to gradually decline after that, Bullock explained.

Blaine public works staff will return the LEDs lamps in two weeks and get a full refund. Bullock said he wants public input on whether or not the amber-colored or white LEDs look best. The chosen LEDs will be installed in all the new streetlights set to go up as part of the city’s planned H Street revitalization.

Look for a full story on the H Street upgrades in next week’s issue of The Northern Light.

Contact Bullock at or 360/332-8820 to tell him which type of LED is preferable.


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