Did the City consider a wireless control system that would allow dimming of the streetlights?
Yes but dimming controls are not included in the project. The current cost of wireless controls added 40% to the overall project cost. In addition, the National Grid streetlight tariff does not yet reflect savings from dimming so the City wouldn’t save additional money on utility bills from dimming. However the City is adding components to each fixture that will make the streetlights dimming control-ready so we can take advantage of the technology when the prices come down and the utility savings are guaranteed to show up on our electric bills. In the meantime, many of the streetlights will be installed at a dimmer, lower-power setting resulting in the city producing less greenhouse emissions even if we don’t realize cost savings on the electric bill by doing so.

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1. What is the entire scope of the conversion program?
2. How will this conversion effect the city’s energy use and budget for streetlights?
3. What other benefits are there in an LED conversion?
4. What is an LED?
5. What type of streetlights did the LED streetlights replace?
6. What does color temperature mean?
7. Hasn't the American Medical Association (AMA) raised health concerns about LED streetlights?"
8. Shouldn’t the new LED streetlights be shielded so that drivers cannot see the source of light?
9. Will new LED streetlights produce unwanted spill light?
10. How do I report an LED outage or request a house shield?
11. Does the City use LEDs for any other fixtures currently?
12. How did the City determine streetlight wattages and brightness levels?
13. Did the City consider a wireless control system that would allow dimming of the streetlights?
14. Have the LED streetlights resulted in higher levels of blue light?
15. Is there a connection between LED streetlights and circadian sleep cycles?
16. What other Massachusetts municipalities have converted streetlights to LED?