St. Augustine Considers LED Lights For Parking Garage

Most people, walking through a parking garage, probably don't think much about the lights overhead.
However, the city of St. Augustine is thinking about them, especially when staff considers the money the lights cost.

John Regan, St. Augustine's chief operations officer stood in the city's parking garage, and said, "This has a large power bill. The power bill is about $130,000 a year."

The city is aiming to switch out the orange glow of its high pressure sodium lights to LED lights in its parking garage.

Regan said that would save a brilliant $103,000 a year, a 79 percent savings. "In today's economy, every penny counts," Regan said.

He said the LED lights will give a brighter, cleaner light than the fixtures currently in the garage.

"The LED technology in the past two years has just exploded and what's available on the market in terms of quality and cost has greatly improved," Regan explained.

To equip the parking garage with LED lights, it's expected to cost $300,000. The City of St. Augustine plans to apply for a grant that would cover $250,000 of the cost.

If the city does not receive the grant, Regan said the city will consider the LED lights for the garage.
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