WEST ALEXANDRIA — The Village of West Alexandria is on track to join communities around the region in phasing out its mercury vapor street lights and replacing them with new LED fixtures, mayor Carol Lunsford said at a Monday, July 18, council meeting. Time frame and exact costs for the conversion have not yet been established.
Dozens of cities in the region have contracted with Miami Valley Lighting, a subsidiary of Dayton Power and Light, to execute the changes. Manufacturing of mercury vapor lights is decreasing as more cities around the U.S. make the switch. LED street lamps use 20-30 percent less electricity and have a 10 to 15-year lifespan.
Earlier this week, DP&L awarded Montgomery County $650,843.11 in energy efficiency rebates for efforts including the installation of LED lighting.
Preble County Commissioner Chris Day said, “I’m working with Dayton Power and Light. They’re launching a pilot program to test some of these light fixtures. They’re looking for a small community to do some experiments. We might be able to get in, and if that’s the case, we may not have to pay for that lighting. Our name’s in the hat, and I’ll continue working with them, but that may save us several thousand dollars in replacing those mercury vapor lights.”
Reach Duante Beddingfield at 937-683-4061.