Oceanside CA— As part of its commitment to reduce energy consumption, the City of Oceanside recently installed more than 7,700 GE LED roadway fixtures equipped with a GPS-enabled controls system.
GPS-Enabled Roadway Fixtures
As part of the LightGrid controls system, Oceanside’s Public Works team now has a real-time view of how each of the 7,700 street lights across the City is operating. The solution includes a GPS chip on every fixture, allowing the City to monitor each light through a web-based interface and immediately respond to maintenance or operational needs.
The controls system also allows the City to activate more precise ‘on/off’ and street light dimming schedules, particularly in low-traffic areas and during overnight hours, to save the city in energy-related costs.
“Illuminating the city with GE’s LED street lights with LightGrid gives us control like we’ve never had before,” said Kiel Koger, Oceanside Public Works Division Manager. “We’re able to efficiently light roadways in a way that makes sense for how this City operates day-to-day, all while reducing the energy bill.”
Energy-efficient lighting is a part of a greater initiative—the Green Oceanside campaign, which was established to educate residents, businesses and visitors and to implement programs for energy efficiency, recycling, water conservation, energy conservation and more.
Funded by a $5 million government grant, the Oceanside Public Works Division was driven to complete this lighting project because of its potential to realize large energy and maintenance savings.
Replacing high-pressure sodium (HPS) street lights is expected to reduce annual carbon dioxide emissions by 1.7 million pounds, which is equal to removing nearly 150 cars from the road or adding more than 200 acres of forest.
“The feedback from citizens and City staff has been as important as the anticipated energy and cost savings,” said Koger. “Residents of Oceanside like the fixture style and the light quality produced, while City staff are also pleased by the energy and maintenance savings and expected return on investment. In addition, it helps the City promote energy efficiency and inch closer to its goal of leveraging data and operating as a more ‘intelligent’ City,” Koger said.
Additional upgrades will include 900 city park light fixtures, parking lights, pier and decorative lights in the downtown area.