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Posted on: December 8, 2010

[ARCHIVED] Blue Springs participates in KCP&L’s LED Streetlight Pilot Program

Blue Springs, Mo. – The City of Blue Springs is working in conjunction with KCP&L as a test site for a 12-month pilot program to evaluate the effectiveness of LED (light emitting diode) streetlights at four Blue Springs locations. The standard sodium vapor bulbs were removed and replaced with LED lights at Duncan Road at Waterfield Drive, NW 19th Street at NW Ashton Drive, NW Valley View Road at NW Delwood Drive (east junction), and SW Moreland School Road at SW 10th Street. All four Blue Springs locations are marked with signs identifying them as part of the "LED Streetlight Test."

“We are very excited to work with KCP&L on in this pilot program,” said Mayor Carson Ross. “By participating in this program, the City is helping to evaluate LED lights as a way to make street lighting more energy efficient and greener while possibly generating operational cost-savings over time.”

The pilot program will evaluate the performance, energy savings and appearance of LED streetlights to see if LED streetlights can be incorporated into future street light standards. The majority of streetlights are currently High Pressure Sodium (HPS) lights, which are affordable and efficient. However, LED lights may be more beneficial than High Pressure Sodium lights.

During the 12-month program, KCP&L will be evaluating LED streetlights in the areas of:
• Potential quality, color and appearance of light output
• Potential energy savings and maintenance costs
• Appearance of fixtures and how they fit in with the communities
• Community feedback

The pilot program involves 44 LED streetlights in five communities in the metro including, Blue Springs, MO; Gladstone, MO; Liberty, MO; Prairie Village, KS, and St. Joseph, MO.

For more information about the Blue Springs test sites, contact Chris Sandie, Assistant Director of Public Works at (816) 228-0195. For more information about the KCP&L LED Street Light Pilot Program, contact David Sutphin, Community Business Manager at (816) 566-2095 or visit www.kcpl.com/ledpilot.

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