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    LED roadway lighting has now become a cost-effective retrofit, due to its increased efficiency and performance, and the decreased cost of fixtures.

    McKinstry's program to Re-light American Roadways is a turn-key solution to convert roadway lighting in our communities in the most cost-effective manner. Our process is as follows:

    GIS Audit: Confirmation of the inventory owned and operated by your jurisdiction.

    Financial Analysis: Discuss funding opportunities available and the advantages of each. This process includes confirming utility rate schedules and unbundling cost structures, as well cost and return on investment analysis.

    Design: Design includes photometric analysis, fixture selection, code compliance and color temperature selection.

    Construct and Commission: Lighting techs and electricians convert existing lighting to LED fixtures. Fixtures and control systems are commissioned, and each fixture is inventoried to import into your GIS system or asset management records.

    Lowest Cost: National buying agreements with major manufacturers and the most efficient implementation crews help us provide the lowest cost for your conversion.

    Why LEDs?

    Reduced energy consumption 
    LED roadway lights uses 60-75% less energy than current technologies.

    Reduced maintenance costs 
    LED roadway lights last up to four times longer than traditional roadway lights. Most non-LED roadway lights, which rely on filaments and tubes that burn out, need to be replaced every 4-6 years. LED lights, which instead rely on computer chips and electronic parts, are expected to last for 15-20 years and are less likely to unexpectedly fail.

    Improved light quality 
    LED lights produce better color rendering and uniform illumination patterns. The white light emitted by LEDs shows colors as they really are, and provides better visibility for drivers and pedestrians.

    Environmentally friendly 
    LED light fixtures don't use mercury or other toxic substances, and are often 100% recyclable. Longer lifetimes of the fixtures means fewer end up the landfill.

    LED roadway lights often qualify for low-cost financing 
    Public agencies often qualify for low-interest bonds, grants or subsidies to upgrade their roadway lighting, which help offset the initial cost of the projects.


    The City of Bellingham partnered with McKinstry to convert its streetlights to LED fixtures, cutting energy consumption by as much as 60% while saving $240,000 in annual energy savings. That’s 18,000 retired light bulbs that the city no longer has to pay for, power and maintain. Read the case study to learn more.