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Barnesville switching to LED street lighting

The City of Barnesville electrical department has begun phase one of a initiative to replace old high-pressure sodium streetlights with high efficiency LED lighting. Initial change outs will occur along Mill, Thomaston, Atlanta and Forsyth streets; College Dr.; downtown and in city parks. LED lighting is more efficient in that bulbs use less power, have longer lifespans and require less maintenance. They are also brighter and optimal street lighting means safer roads and neighborhoods. ’We strive to provide the highest quality of life for those in our community while being economically responsible to our taxpayers. The LED streetlight conversion will be of great benefit to our community,’ mayor Peter Banks said. During the initial effort, 250 lights will be replaced. The work is expected to take a year. ‘The electrical department has eagerly taken on this project in addition to their responsibilities in maintaining the city’s power grid,’ city manager David Rose added. Electrical superintendent Glen Allen reported the change outs require about 30 minutes per fixture.

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