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Phase 1 of ComEd LED lighting program complete

November 8, 2018

DeKALB – Phase 1 of ComEd’s LED streetlighting program in DeKalb is complete, according to a Wednesday news release from the city.

More than 800 ComEd-owned sodium-vapor streetlights were replaced with LED streetlights, and 200 more are scheduled to be replaced by the end of the year.

An additional 900 ComEd-owned sodium-vapor streetlights are scheduled to be replaced in the city in 2019, according to the release.

This update comes on the heels of the City Council’s 2017 decision to discontinue the city’s electrical aggregation program with Homefield Energy, because bids from alternative suppliers were higher than that of the ComEd rate, which sits at

6.3 cents a kilowatt hour, according to a previous Daily Chronicle report.

The benefits of LED lighting include longer bulb life, lower energy costs, lower maintenance costs and higher quality of light, which increases safety and could reduce crime. The LED replacements are also part of the DeKalb Police Department’s Safe Streets Initiative.

The city Public Works Department warns residents that in some cases, LED lights – which can have a significant increase in brightness because of the ‘whiter’ light compared with a sodium-vapor light – can be bothersome to residents.

In such cases, residents are urged to contact Public Works because the LED lights can be adjusted to minimize the brightness of the lights.

Concerned residents should call Public Works at 815-748-2040; include the date, name, phone number, e-mail address, mailing address, location of the streetlight in question, pole number of the streetlight and list the specific concern

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