Not everyone will like LED street light installations. This fact has become especially clear in Ivins, Utah, a town in Washington County that apparently places a special value on having a darker sky at night. However, the city of nearby St. George plans to continue to install LED street lights to replace yellow, high- pressure sodium lights, according to an article in StGeorgeNews.com.
Over the past three years, the city of St. George has already replaced a considerable number of streetlights with LED bulbs, and the city has no plans to slow the switch to LEDs, according to Rene Fleming, manager of energy and water customer services for St. George.
A few residents have complained about the glare from some of the installed LED streetlights, which Fleming said the city has addressed.
“We’ve worked in some neighborhoods to put shields on the streetlights to keep some of the dark sky so people can still see the stars, but for the most part, people like them better,” Fleming said in the article.
Warm Steetlights Requested in Letters to City Council of Ivins
Residents of Ivins sent enough letters to City Council members requesting that they look for yellow LED streetlight alternatives that would match the high-pressure sodium lights, which the city of Ivins is currently still using.
Fleming expects that that street lights with warmer emission will likely be more expensive, but the city has not gotten any bids on specifically yellow-emitting street lights.
With interchangeable LED modules these days, it would be likely that even if a streetlight maker does not produce streetlights with color temperatures in the 2700 to 3000 range, which is similar to the color temperature of high-pressure sodium lights, such companies should be able to easily place yellow light modules inside to replace the more frequently used white light modules. Ivins is not the first city to run into such issues, so some LED lighting makers might already have such products in regular production.
U.S. LED lighting maker, Cree, for example, produces 70 and 80 CRI versions of its RSW Streetlight series with a 2700K color temperature.