News Release 07/17

August 31, 2017

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Marceline continues its transition to LED Street Lights


Marceline, MO - 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.

The new 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.

Ripley 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.

“This 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.”

The 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 lights.

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Richard Hoon

City Manager

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