Geneva LED Streetlight Conversion Project

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What kind of streetlights does Geneva currently use?

The majority of streetlights currently used in Geneva are High Pressure Sodium (HPS) lights.  While HPS is one of the most common streetlight technologies across the country, it has several drawbacks.  HPS streetlights are not very energy efficient, cast an orange light under which it is difficult to see color, and tend to produce light that is not of optimal quality.

  1. What are LED streetlights?

Light Emitting Diodes (LED) are a technology that has been used in solid state lighting for decades.  More recently, LED technology has advanced to streetlight applications. LED streetlights are extremely energy efficient, have long life spans, and produce a better color and quality of light than typical High Pressure Sodium (HPS) streetlights.

  1. What color of light are LED streetlight fixtures?

Contrary to the orange light that High Pressure Sodium (HPS) fixtures produce, LED streetlight fixtures are a cooler, white light under which it is easier to see true colors.

  1. Why do the new LED fixtures appear to be dimmer?

Although the new LED fixtures produce a different looking light than the HPS fixtures they replaced, they are not actually dimmer.  HPS fixtures tend to produce a bright spot directly underneath the fixture, whereas LEDs create a more even pool of light across the ground or roadway.

  1. Why is Geneva doing an LED streetlight conversion project?

Geneva is interested in reducing its energy consumption and maintenance costs associated with streetlighting.  Installing LED streetlight fixtures will save energy, require less maintenance, and will provide citizens with better light quality on streets and roadways.

  1. How long will the project last?

The project will begin in April 2017 with a city-wide audit that provides precise locations and characteristics of all existing streetlights.  The audit will be followed by the installation of the new, energy efficient LED cobra head streetlight fixtures, which will begin in August and will run through September.

  1. What are the benefits of the LED streetlight fixture project?

The benefits of this project to Geneva include:

  • Reduced energy consumption resulting in energy savings and reduced Greenhouse Gas emissions
  • Reduced maintenance costs
  • Better visible light for Geneva citizens
  1. What is Geneva doing with all of the streetlights it is removing?

The existing High Pressure Sodium (HPS) streetlights will be recycled in accordance with all

federal and state environmental guidelines.

  1. Who is the contact for additional questions about the LED streetlight conversion project?

For more information about the LED Streetlight Conversion project, please contact Sage Gerling, at