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The city of Cape Girardeau, Mo. has upgraded its munici- pal lighting to reduce energy and maintenance costs,


replacing 104 conventional high-pressure sodium street lights with new LED street lights. The project, aimed at saving electrici- ty and eliminating frequent bulb changes along busy highways, has slashed the city’s energy consumption nearly in half and pro- vided a worry-free lighting solution that promises safe, reliable, community-friendly lighting for at least 10 years. Home to the world’s only inland cape, historic Cape


Girardeau took advantage of a $190,000 Energy Efficiency & Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) through the U.S. Depart- ment of Energy to fund the upgrade. Each of the 250W high- pressure sodium lights along North Kings Highway and the Mis- souri Highway 74 corridor through downtown leading up to the Emerson Memorial Bridge were replaced with the 120W Street- Sense units. According to Geoff Dial, special projects coordinator in the


PublicWorks Department in Cape Girardeau, the existing street lights kept maintenance crews perpetually busy with frequent bulb changes.


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“Each was equipped with a photocell, which means we’d


have to send a crew out to scout for burn-outs each night, an overtime expense that we’d prefer to avoid,” Dial said. “Because I know these new lights will last for at least 15 years, I’m looking forward to not having to touch these LED fixtures for a long time.” The lighting project was part of the city’s overall plan to


achieve more sustainable operations. Having already replaced traffic signals in 21 intersections and rail signals in one railroad crossing with Dialight’s LED signals, the city looked to the lead- ing innovator in LED technology to once again meet its needs. The EECBGgrant mandated that all equipment purchased


must comply with the Buy American requirement of the Ameri- can Recovery & Reinvestment Act. Not only did the Dialight StreetSense fixtures meet Cape Girardeau’s technological and performance needs, but they are also manufactured at its Rox- boro, NC facility, satisfying the Buy American requirement. “The change out to the LED units was extremely fast and


easy for our crews,” Dial said. “I personally witnessed them replace one in less than 10 minutes from the time they stepped into the bucket truck to getting back onto the ground.”


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