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KEYS PROCEEDING WITH STREETLIGHT CHANGE OUT; COMPLYING WITH FEDERAL MANDATE

04/02/2013 ~ It is believed street lighting has been around since the fourth century; however, streetlights did not make their American debut until the colonial-era thanks to Benjamin Franklin. Franklin introduced streetlights lit by candles in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, known as the birthplace of street lighting, and modern iterations of the original version have lit American thoroughfares ever since. In the Lower Florida Keys, Keys Energy Services (KEYS) is currently completing a change out of existing Mercury Vapor (MV) streetlights to High Pressure Sodium (HPS) versions.

The change out from MV to HPS streetlights is the result of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which banned the sale of new MV streetlights and ballasts in the United States as of 2008, and will ban the sale of MV bulbs for existing fixtures as of 2016. KEYS stocks, installs, and maintains approximately 5,000 street lights on behalf of the City of Key West and in the Lower Keys on behalf of Monroe County. The change out was completed in Key West in 2012, and the retrofit in the Lower Keys will be complete by the end of 2013.

The change out has been seamless to KEYS’ customers, with the only difference being that the MV streetlights cast a blue-green light while the HPS streetlights cast an orange light. The HPS streetlights have the same rated lifespan as do MV streetlights, and they give increased light and efficiency at lower wattages.

PHOTO CAPTION: KEYS’ Apprentice Lineman Michael Euliss works on changing out Mercury Vapor streetlights in the Lower Florida Keys to High Pressure Sodium versions.

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