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New street lights illuminate Schriever

Posted 11/27/2013   Updated 11/27/2013 Email story   Print story


by Scott Prater
Schriever Sentinel

11/27/2013 - SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.  -- Team Schriever members may have noticed things look a bit different on base after dark. A crew with the 50th Civil Engineer Squadron has begun replacing parking and street lights on base.

"The ongoing project will reduce energy use and cut costs, saving the base upwards of $65,000 per year," said Staff Sgt. Jon King, project leader and 50 CES electrical craftsman.

Overall, 512 high pressure sodium-vapor lamps will be replaced with more efficient light-emitting-diode lamps.

"The new LED lights use half as much energy as the existing sodium-vapor lights," said Abe Irshid, Schriever energy manager. They're also more efficient, durable, versatile, and they'll last three times longer. And, we're doing the installation work in-house which will save us roughly $130,000 in installation costs."

King Senior Airman Miguel Alcantar, electrical journeyman, and Ronald Mills electrician, are using a 60-foot bucket truck to complete the work.

The new LED lights have a much smaller profile. Gone are the drum-like sodium-vapor fixtures. The LED light fixtures are much thinner and lighter. Also, there are a few different types of existing fixtures, depending on their location.

"On some of the light poles, we need to drill new holes and set new brackets to hold the new fixtures in place," King said. "But, we'll have to cut the power and rewire the new fixture for every replacement."

King, Alcantar and Mills represent the entire light-replacement team. They began replacing fixtures Oct. 25.

"We're at the mercy of mother nature, so there have been and will continue to be days where it's either too cold or to windy for us to work safely," King said.

Though the tallest light poles can reach as high as 35 feet, King explained that the lighting crew isn't bothered by working at high elevations.

"It's not scary if you love your job and what you do on a day-to-day basis," King said.
Despite the fact that the new lights use 50 percent of the energy of their predecessors, they produce more than an equal amount of light and can even be more comforting to the human eye.

"People should definitely notice a difference," King said. "The new lights will make it easier for people to see at night and during inclement weather."

There is no set time table for completing the project. Installation should go on into the New Year.

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