This from the Medfield Energy Committee chair, Fred Bunger –
Letter to Editor
I am writing in support of Article #25 on the Town Meeting warrant. Article #25 proposes that the Town save $31,870/yr. on lighting cost by converting 347 streetlights in Medfield to LED. Medfield would join over 50 other Massachusetts towns that have made the conversion to LED.
The net cost of the project is $67,600 after State grants and utility incentives. This gives a simple payback of 2.1 years or 47% return on investment. With conservative allocation for future replacement and doubled maintenance costs, the payback is still an excellent 3.1 years.
The LED lights will provide a more natural light than the HID lights currently used. LED lighting improvements in the last few years have permitted adjustments to the light color to avoid the harsh blue light seen in earlier LED installations. To see what the Medfield lights might look like, take a drive on Route 109 into Westwood, which converted to LED recently.
The Medfield Energy Committee has been considering LED street lighting for several years. The recent availability of State grants makes this an excellent time to implement the project. We urge your support.
Fred Bunger, Chairman Medfield Energy Committee