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The City of Redlands has begun the first phase of a project to eventually convert all of the City’s street lights to more efficient, longer-lasting Light Emitting Diode (LED) lighting, beginning with some 250 street lights in the historic downtown.

Meeting a commitment to the City Council last summer to complete the first phase of the lighting conversion before the Dec. 1 Redlands Christmas Parade, City staff began work Nov. 12 and have replaced high pressure sodium bulbs in more than 200 decorative “acorn” street lights downtown with the new LED lights. In addition, almost 50 cobra head street lights downtown have also been converted from HPS to LED lights.  The remainder of the Phase I conversion is expected to be complete by the end of November.

On July 26, the City Council awarded the contract for Phase I of the LED Streetlight Conversion Project to Chino-based Flatiron Electric Group. Phase I included the area of Orange Street from Pearl Avenue to Citrus Avenue, State Street from Orange Street to Redlands Boulevard and Fifth and Ninth Streets from State Street to Citrus Avenue.

In 2010, the City conducted a comprehensive evaluation of energy efficient LED street lighting and presented the citywide “Street Lighting Upgrade/LED Conversion Study” to the Council. The study proposed to convert all existing streetlights in the City from HPS to LED in five distinct phases as funding became available.

The City’s LED conversion study is consistent with the United States Department of Energy’s commitment to realize the potential of energy efficient technologies in this country, as the conversion of HPS to LED is a key component of realizing this energy efficiency.

Lighting of streets in the United States has historically been dominated by HPS streetlights. Redlands was no different. However, recent advancements in technology have given LED streetlights several advantages over HPS. LED streetlights can provide the same amount of luminance as HPS while using less energy.

Up to now, the decorative acorn lights found in downtown Redlands used a 70-watt HPS light. A 55-watt LED light provides the same luminance using 21 percent less energy.  Similarly, 200-watt and 150-watt HPS cobra heads can be converted to 106-watt and 67-watt LED lights, providing the same luminance at an energy savings of 47 percent and 55 percent respectively.

While the luminance of the lower watt LED lights is the same as the higher watt HPS bulbs, in some areas the new lights may appear even brighter because the more focused beams of the LED lights throw more light directly on the ground.

In addition, LED fixtures have a longer useful life than HPS fixtures. The life expectancy of an LED light is 50,000 hours, vastly exceeding the life expectancy of HPS, between 7,000-15,000 hours. With the City typically powering its streetlights for 11 hours per day, HPS lights would need to be replaced every 5 1/2 years, while LED lights would last more than 12 years.

The $211,000 Phase I conversion project is partially paid for through more than $61,000 in Southern California Edison rebates, including more than $11,000 for LED rebates. In addition, the City estimates nearly $20,000 in annual energy savings and $30,000 in one-time salary savings as part of the project.

In comparison to HPS streetlights, LED streetlights are innovative, energy efficient, environmentally friendly and in-line with the City of Redlands’ goal of being a progressive and sustainable city.

Few municipalities have even considered LED technology for their street light program. By developing and implementing a comprehensive master plan for conversion of HPS to energy-saving LED lighting, Redlands is leading the way in taking advantage of this advanced technology.

Additional areas will be converted as the City realizes savings from the LED conversion and other funding becomes available.

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Yesterday

  1. Post 261 Explorer Meeting
    • Start time: 06:30pm
    • End date: Wednesday, August 27th
    • End time: 08:30pm
    • Open Enrollment to join the Redlands Explorer Program is in January of every year, but you can pick-up and drop-off applications through-out the entire year at the Fire Administration office. Ages to join are between 15 years To 21 years old.

      Fire Administrative Office
      35 Cajon Street #12
      Redlands, CA 92373

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Today

  1. Tiny Tot Story Time
    • Start time: 10:40am
    • End date: Thursday, August 28th
    • End time: 10:55am
    • Join us in the Assembly Room each Thursday morning for great songs, and stories!

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  2. Market Night
    • Start time: 06:00pm
    • End date: Thursday, August 28th
    • End time: 09:00pm
    • Established in 1988, Redlands Market Night has established itself as one of the most successful certified farmers markets in Southern California! Vendors vie to participate in the event that has attracted thousands of weekly visitors since its inception. Visitors are welcomed into an inviting atmosphere complete with lighted trees, brick sidewalks, historic buildings, and great musical entertainment. Crowds are pleasantly surrounded by over 150 food and merchandise booths, not to mention the downtown shopkeepers, every Thursday night.

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Tomorrow

  1. City Hall Closed
    • Extended service hours are offered in order for the public to conduct City business before and after traditional business hours. City staff is available 9 hours a day to serve you. City Hall offices are closed every other Friday.

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Saturday, August 30th

  1. Saturday Morning Certified Farmers Market
    • Start time: 08:00am
    • End date: Saturday, August 30th
    • End time: 11:00am
    • The City’s successful Saturday Morning Certified Farmers Market brings fresh local produce to historic downtown Redlands every Saturday.

      The Saturday Morning Certified Farmers’ Market began June 6, 2009, bringing local growers to the City parking lot south of Redlands Boulevard between Fifth and Sixth streets near Ed Hales Park. The market operates from 8 to 11 a.m. every Saturday, excluding holiday weekends.

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  2. Household Hazardous Waste Collection site
    • Start time: 09:30am
    • End date: Saturday, August 30th
    • End time: 12:30pm
    • During operating hours, residents can dispose of household materials including, outdated prescription medication (with the exception of controlled substances), outdated pet prescription medication, paint products, chemical cleaners, pesticides, fertilizers, hobby/pool supplies, automotive oil, filters, brake fluid, transmission fluid, anti-freeze, gasoline, and propane tanks.

      The site does not accept business waste, radioactive wastes, medical waste, explosives, reactives, or asbestos.

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  3. Spanish Story Time
    • Start time: 10:15am
    • End date: Saturday, August 30th
    • End time: 10:45am
    • Join us in the story corner of the Young Readers' Room and enjoy stories and songs in Spanish!

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Sunday, August 31st

  1. Library Closed

Monday, September 1st

  1. Library Closed
  2. City Hall Closed - Federal holiday
  3. Environmental Review Committee

Tuesday, September 2nd

  1. City Council Closed Session Meeting
    • Start time: 05:00pm
    • End date: Tuesday, September 2nd
    • End time: 06:00pm
    • Agenda available to view at http://cityofredlands.org/councilvideo

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  2. Chinese Story Time
    • Start time: 05:45pm
    • End date: Tuesday, September 2nd
    • End time: 06:15pm
    • Join us in the Story corner of the Young Readers' Room for Chinese/Mandarin songs and stories.

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  3. City Council Meeting
    • Start time: 06:00pm
    • End date: Tuesday, September 2nd
    • End time: 08:00pm
    • Agenda available to view at http://cityofredlands.org/councilvideo

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Wednesday, September 3rd

  1. Preschool Story Time
    • Start time: 10:15am
    • End date: Wednesday, September 3rd
    • End time: 10:45am
    • Come join in the fun of stories and songs and meet new friends! Join us in the Assembly Room each Wednesday morning at 10:15 a.m.

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  2. Post 261 Explorer Meeting
    • Start time: 06:30pm
    • End date: Wednesday, September 3rd
    • End time: 08:30pm
    • Open Enrollment to join the Redlands Explorer Program is in January of every year, but you can pick-up and drop-off applications through-out the entire year at the Fire Administration office. Ages to join are between 15 years To 21 years old.

      Fire Administrative Office
      35 Cajon Street #12
      Redlands, CA 92373

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Thursday, September 4th

  1. Tiny Tot Story Time
    • Start time: 10:40am
    • End date: Thursday, September 4th
    • End time: 10:55am
    • Join us in the Assembly Room each Thursday morning for great songs, and stories!

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  2. Historic and Scenic Preservation Commission
  3. Market Night
    • Start time: 06:00pm
    • End date: Thursday, September 4th
    • End time: 09:00pm
    • Established in 1988, Redlands Market Night has established itself as one of the most successful certified farmers markets in Southern California! Vendors vie to participate in the event that has attracted thousands of weekly visitors since its inception. Visitors are welcomed into an inviting atmosphere complete with lighted trees, brick sidewalks, historic buildings, and great musical entertainment. Crowds are pleasantly surrounded by over 150 food and merchandise booths, not to mention the downtown shopkeepers, every Thursday night.

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Saturday, September 6th

  1. Saturday Morning Certified Farmers Market
    • Start time: 08:00am
    • End date: Saturday, September 6th
    • End time: 11:00am
    • The City’s successful Saturday Morning Certified Farmers Market brings fresh local produce to historic downtown Redlands every Saturday.

      The Saturday Morning Certified Farmers’ Market began June 6, 2009, bringing local growers to the City parking lot south of Redlands Boulevard between Fifth and Sixth streets near Ed Hales Park. The market operates from 8 to 11 a.m. every Saturday, excluding holiday weekends.

    • View this event in Google Calendar
  2. Household Hazardous Waste Collection site
    • Start time: 09:30am
    • End date: Saturday, September 6th
    • End time: 12:30pm
    • During operating hours, residents can dispose of household materials including, outdated prescription medication (with the exception of controlled substances), outdated pet prescription medication, paint products, chemical cleaners, pesticides, fertilizers, hobby/pool supplies, automotive oil, filters, brake fluid, transmission fluid, anti-freeze, gasoline, and propane tanks.

      The site does not accept business waste, radioactive wastes, medical waste, explosives, reactives, or asbestos.

    • View this event in Google Calendar
  3. Spanish Story Time
    • Start time: 10:15am
    • End date: Saturday, September 6th
    • End time: 10:45am
    • Join us in the story corner of the Young Readers' Room and enjoy stories and songs in Spanish!

    • View this event in Google Calendar

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