You may not be noticing it as much lately now that there are more hours of daylight in the day, but slowly and surely there are more and more energy-efficient street lights appearing around Kodiak. KEA President Darron Scott says the new LED – or light-emitting diode – lamps are four times more efficient as the old sodium vapor lamps
— (LED 1 25 sec "KEA has been working on a long-term … as we get more of these put in.")
A few of the LED street lamps were put up in The Mall downtown a couple of years ago as a pilot project, and this winter the new lights marched steadily up Mill Bay Road.
— (LED 2 12 sec "We’re just working in different … a multi-year type project.")
The LEDs are significantly more expensive than the high-pressure sodium vapor lamps currently in use, but Scott says they are worth it in the long run:
— (LED 3 12 sec "It makes up for that from the large … cost effective approach for us.")
Though KEA handles installation and maintenance of the street lights in town, Scott said that their actual ownership varies:
— (LED 4 21 sec "It really depends on which light … odd combination all the way through.")
In addition to higher efficiency and lower maintenance, the light emitted from the LED lamps is a more pleasing pure white color, and they contributes less to light pollution because their beams are more directional.