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Western Massachusetts City To Have All LED Street Lights


The city of Chicopee is the first in western Massachusetts to begin a project to replace all the city’s street lights with LED lights.

More than 4,700 LED light fixtures will be installed throughout the entire city of Chicopee under a four-year replacement schedule announced Monday by Mayor Richard Kos.

    The finished project will cut the city’s $400,000 annual light bill in half. 

The new fixtures need replacing less often, and put out more of a white light than the commonly used high pressure sodium street lights, according to Chicopee Electric Light General Manager Jeff Cady.

" We are real excited about this project. We think it is going to be very beneficial," he said.

Other cities in western Massachusetts have done pilot programs to install LED street lights, but have not embarked on a complete replacement program.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.