New LED lights could be seen throughout Wichita Falls soon

New LED lights could be seen throughout Wichita Falls soon

WICHITA FALLS, Tx (RNN Texoma) - LED lighting is a popular trend right now and Wichita Falls could be making that change to all of their street lights.

About 2,500 of the city's lights are already LED, most notably on Southwest Parkway, Jacksboro Highway, downtown, and U.S. 287.

"If you're downtown at night you can see five or six blocks down the street," Director of Transportation and Aviation, John Burrus said. "So you're getting a better quality light."

They began the process eight years ago and are now looking at a $2.88 million project, that city council will vote on on Tuesday, to replace the final 5,700 lights.

"We will be able to pay this back not only in electrical savings but maintenance and operational savings as well," Burrus said.

The current lights last five years and the new LED's would last 20.

Right now the current lights require maintenance four times a year and the LED's would only have to be checked once in that same span.

"I guess it's putting us more in a proactive approach to light management instead of having to react when people call," Burrus said.

Not everyone thinks the project is a good idea.

On the Newschannel 6 Facebook page, Timothy LeWolf said he would rather Wichita Falls spend time on the current lights to make sure they all work.

David Spencer said the LED lights are too expensive and aren't as bright.

He added that after they install these, even better technology will come out.

But not all residents feel that way.

One couple told Newschannel 6 they are for the change because they've seen firsthand the benefits of LED lighting and have even installed some of it around their home.

They said it's cost-effective, brighter, and much more efficient.

Burrus said the switch would allow his crews to spend more time on other projects rather than repairs and believes it's a win for Wichita Falls.

"Each year we try to find a way to get a little bit better," Burrus said. "And we've got the opportunity to do it with a project like this. I've been with the city 28 years and the thing is I still get excited about projects like this. I really do."

Burrus said the lights would pay for themselves within ten years and then Wichita Falls would make money back that could go towards projects to enhance the city.

He added that when you make an investment for just the sake of making an investment in technology, there has to be a payback period like the city said they would get.

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