As the days get shorter, many residents will
notice a different look to the street lighting along N. Kansas Avenue.
During the summer months, the Marceline Electric Department crew has been
upgrading the street lights from high pressure sodium lamps to new cost
efficient, light-emitting diode (LED) lights.
LED street lighting will bring a number of benefits to the City as well as
residents and drivers in Marceline. The new fixtures produce a whiter
light that improves visibility and color recognition to help drivers and
pedestrians feel safer and reduce glare. It also has a longer life span
that reduces downtime of lights for burned out bulbs. Energy consumption
is reduced by more than half, resulting in a smaller carbon footprint.
Each light will pay for itself in about 2 years just from the cost of
electricity the City will save. Light pollution will also be reduced as
there is zero up light which produces that “city glow” effect noticed when
approaching a town.
Park was also retrofitted with LED lights that are on a dimming schedule and can
be adjusted brighter for events, as was done for the 4th of July
celebrations this year. Even the new pond bridge was installed with low
level LED path lights for safety.
project is more than just a service provided to all residents and visitors,”
said Todd Field, Marceline Electric Department Lineman. “This is a matter
of pride in delivering a safer and more attractive place to live.”
City of Marceline has been continually upgrading street lighting throughout the
city beginning last year. The City is responsible for over 1,000
street and security lights, and plans are in motion for LED upgrades over the
next few years. The next phase of the LED lighting upgrade will be
on Highway 5 followed by a focus on residential areas and rented security
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