Pay My Bill Get Fiber Residential Services Business Services Safety and Outage Center Conservation Rebates Start/Stop Services Update Your Account Information Community Services and Discounts Street Lighting Rates and Policies Contact Us Web Links Dary-Sky Association Home / My PUD Services / Street Lighting / Street Lighting All of the cities in Chelan County are converting all of their streetlights to LED (light-emitting diode) in 2018. Installation of the new LED streetlights is expected to begin in October 2018 and be completed by February 2019. The new LED streetlights are being paid for at no cost to the cities using a combination of grant funds from Washington state and rebates through Chelan County PUD’s energy efficiency programs. The new LED lights should provide as good or better lighting than exists now, while reducing maintenance costs, minimizing light pollution and saving energy. To help the cities with this lighting project, Chelan County PUD is providing design assistance, project and construction management. Anticipated installation start date by area: Leavenworth - Early October Chelan - Late October Entiat - Early December Cashmere - Mid-December Wenatchee - Mid-January Streetlights in the County will be replaced as crews are working in nearby cities. On Jan. 8, 2018, Chelan County PUD Commissioners approved a rate for municipal LED streetlights that will lower power costs for cities that install the energy-saving lamps. The new rate reflects the energy savings of LEDs and made it possible for the cities to qualify for grants to help pay for the installation. Changes in the energy charge for LED streetlights will mean savings of about $1.40 per light each month. The project will replace approximately 3,750 streetlights throughout Chelan County, most of which are standard streetlights called cobra heads. Most of the streetlights in Chelan County are High Pressure Sodium. High Pressure Sodium streetlights are less efficient and cast an orange, low-quality light. LED streetlights are energy efficient and have long life spans. The LED lights selected for this project call for “warm 3000°K” colored lights that have a softer glow and minimize the amount of harsh blue light. Chelan County PUD is working with night sky research scientists at the Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division of the National Park Service to objectively measure the amount of artificial light that obscures the night sky over Chelan County, both before and after all streetlights are replaced. The picture below shows the amount of artificial light above Wenatchee that was measured from the top of Burch Mountain on May 7. The color scale of the black and white image shows the intensity of artificial light compared to the amount of natural light. If you have questions or concerns about the LED streetlights being installed in your area, you are encouraged to contact your local official listed below: City of Cashmere: Jim Fletcher, (509) 782-3513 City of Chelan:Randy Lloyd, (509) 670-4871 City of Entiat: Mike Herdt, (509) 784-1500 City of Leavenworth: Herb Amick, (509) 548-5275 City of Wenatchee: Ruta Jones, (509) 888-3202 Chelan County: Jill FitzSimmons, (509) 667-6415 The PUD is always open to hearing from the public. If you have questions or comments on LED streetlights, you can contact Jim White by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (509) 661-4829. Street Lighting FAQ's Expand all Collapse all What are the benefits of LED? Energy efficient Provide cost savings to customer-owners and taxpayers as a result of reduced maintenance and energy use Longer life span, requiring less maintenance Provides truer light (better color and light quality) for improved visibility Dark-Sky compliant Increased safety and security Standardizes LED fixtures throughout the county Supports the PUD’s energy conservation targets Why do the new LED fixtures appear to be dimmer? LED fixtures are not dimmer. High Pressure Sodium fixtures typically pool the light underneath the fixture, while LED fixtures are more efficient at delivery and produce an even disbursement of light. Where do I report street light outages in my neighborhood? You can report street light outages or request maintenance on a street light in your neighborhood by emailing email@example.com or calling 509-661-4325. What if I have an area light on my property? An area light is mounted on a PUD-owned wood pole and is paid for by the individual customer it serves. These lights will not be included in the LED conversion project in 2018. When new street lights go in, what happens to the old ones? When streetlights are changed to LEDs, only the head of the light fixture is replaced. The pole and the mast remain intact. The High Pressure Sodium street light heads are removed and recycled. Share Chelan County PUD Street Lighting page on Facebook Tweet Chelan County PUD Street Lighting page Share Chelan County PUD Street Lighting page on LinkedIn"