LED Streetlight Installation

LED Streetlight Installation FAQ

Q: What is this project about?
A: In partnership, Maui Electric Company and the County of Maui’s Department of Public Works, will begin to install approximately 4,800 new energy-saving fixtures for County of Maui-funded streetlights in November 2018.

Q: Are there other partners involved?
A: American Electric is contracted to provide the installations of the fixtures.

Q: Why are the installations necessary?
A: Approximately 4,800 light-emitting diode (LED) streetlight fixtures will replace current high pressure sodium bulbs, resulting in energy and cost savings for the county.

Q: When will work start and in what areas?
A: Work is slated to begin the month of November 2018. See current area map. Dates and locations are subject to change depending on weather and other working conditions.

Q: When the installations take place in my neighborhood, how will we be affected?
A: The installations will only be for county-funded streetlights that Maui Electric maintains. Minimal traffic impact is expected in the installation areas and electrical service to the affected areas is not expected to be interrupted. Pedestrian traffic on sidewalks may be detoured during installations.

Q: When will work be complete?
A: This first phase of approximately 1,889 fixture installations will take place along roadways in Kahului, Wailuku, Waiehu, Kahakuloa, Kailua to Hāna, and Olowalu to Lahaina until February 2019.
A second installation phase of approximately 2,931 fixtures is slated to start in early 2019 in West Maui, Maalaea to Makena, Upcountry Maui, Haiku, Kuau, Spreckelsville, Molokai, and Lanai.

Q: Why were LEDs selected to be installed?
A: LEDs are one of the most energy-efficient types of light fixtures, using a fraction of watt power compared to other types of lights. LEDs also typically have a longer life span which should reduce long-term maintenance of the lights.
The installation of these energy-saving fixtures along county roadways is the result of a pilot LED streetlight project Maui Electric and the Department of Public Works collaboratively developed and launched in 2016. The two-month pilot involved the installation of 24 LED streetlight fixtures along Maui Lani Parkway in Kahului to test and evaluate various types of LED lights. Opportunities for stakeholders, law enforcement representatives and community organizations to share feedback on the characteristics of the different lighting, such as glare and visual acuity, were also provided during the pilot.

Q: What type of LED lights will be installed?
A: The new LEDs have a higher blue light content (but overall lower blue light power than the existing bulbs) and a higher (cooler) color temperature, resulting in a lower glare than the current high pressure sodium lights. The 2700K bulbs are made by General Electric. The LEDs also have a better color rendering index which means colors and objects will have better visibility and objects will be sharper, which maintains the safety of the roadway, drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists.

Q: Do the new fixtures look different from the current ones?
A: The new LED fixtures are very similar in style to the existing HPS fixtures. View before and after photos.

Q: How did the LED lights get selected?
A: Maui Electric and the Department of Public Works provided opportunities for stakeholders, law enforcement representatives and community organizations to share feedback on the characteristics of the different lighting, such as glare and visual acuity, were provided during the pilot. The Department of Public Works then selected the LED fixtures to be installed county-wide.

Q: How did the areas get chosen for the phases?
A: The County of Maui requested installations to start in the central Maui areas.

Q: How come the current fixtures being replaced are only on county-funded streetlights?
A: This project is a result of a pilot LED streetlight project Maui Electric and the Department of Public Works collaboratively developed and launched in 2016. As Maui County has a mixture of county, state and privately-funded streetlights that Maui Electric services and maintains, should other community associations or neighborhoods with privately-funded streetlights be interested to learn more about LED streetlight conversions, please contact Maui Electric Engineering at 871-2390. For questions about the installations, the public can call the County’s Department of Public Works at 270-7845. For more information on how to use energy more efficiently at work and at home, see www.mauielectric.com/save-energy-and-money.

Current installation schedules can be viewed at www.mauielectric.com/LEDstreetlights. Dates and locations are subject to change depending on weather and other unforeseen construction circumstances