This week the Perry Street Department replaced all 165 bulbs in streetlamps along the Willis Avenue boulevard and another 60 bulbs at other intersections with 16 watt LEDs.
The new LEDs replace compact florescent bulbs and come with a three-year warranty and a five-year life expectancy, according to Perry City Administrator Sven Peterson.
“We pretty much took the money we would have spent on bulbs and replacement and maintenance,” Peterson said, “and I think we had a little bit of Local Option money that we put with that, and we just bought them. It’s one of those things where they were a little bit more than the bulbs we were buying, but we figured we might as well just replace them all and not have to touch them for five years, hopefully.”
The new lights give the boulevard a uniform appearance because they replace a mixed assortment of bulbs of two colors, some whiter and the others yellower.
The LEDs “give off a truer, white light,” Peterson said.
City crews also cleaned all the globes and fixtures, making the downtown district more bright.