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Advanced Lighting

LED Security Lighting
LED Security Lighting  is applicable for dusk to dawn lighting service by means of ballast operated lamp fixtures on a suitable wood pole. The service includes all electrical energy used and all maintenance required to provide service under this special rate. Click here for more information .

Energy Optimization (EO) Advanced Lighting Rebates

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Grant Projects - Lighting Upgrades

  • WIRES 2 - installation of energy-efficient and low-maintenance LED streetlights and stadium lights in prominent downtown areas, major thoroughfares, and parks to create significant energy and labor savings.
    • Fort Street
    • Bishop Park
    • FOP Ballpark
    • Pulaski Ballpark
  • State of Michigan grant - $100,000 for the installation retrofits of LED streetlights along Eureka Road from Roosevelt High to Biddle Avenue north to the Bacon Memorial District Library.
  • Better Buildings for Michigan Grant - 8 CFL bulbs were installed as part of each energy audit.  Many residents and businesses took advantage of the rich incentives and loan program to update to advanced lighting.
    • Library Award for reaching Home Energy Audit goal of 2000+ – energy efficiency lighting (electronic ballasts, upgrade to high performance/low wattage T8 lamps, LED exit signs and occupancy sensors) and a 3 kW Solar Photovoltaic system was installed at the Bacon Memorial District Library.

LED Information
LED technology is the latest energy saving bulb to become available at an economical cost to the retail market. An LED lamp is a light-emitting diode (LED) product that is assembled into a lamp (or light bulb) for use in lighting fixtures. LED lamps have a lifespan and electrical efficiency that is several times better than incandescent lamps, and significantly better than most fluorescent lamps, with some chips able to emit more than 100 lumens per watt.

LED light bulbs have a longer life than traditional incandescent light bulbs and require less energy. They come in a variety of shapes, offer a variety of sheens, and come in different base widths to match almost any light fixture. Many stores now carry a wide selection of LED light bulbs to help create the lighting effect you desire. They offer everything from ultra-bright LED flood lights to dimmable LED lights that can soften a room.

CFL Information
CFL stands for "compact fluorescent lamp", and WMS wants all households to convert their old incandescent light bulbs to CFLs.  There are many great advantages to CFLs compared to traditional incandescent bulbs:

  • CFLs save about $40 in total costs over the lifetime of each bulb
  • CFLs use about ¼ of the energy
  • CFLs last up to 10 times longer, which means you don’t have to change them as often
  • CFLs produce about 75 percent less heat, so they’re safer to operate and can cut energy costs associated with home cooling.
WMS recommends a high-quality, ENERGY STAR certified line of CFL products. ENERGY STAR qualified CFLs provide the greatest savings in fixtures that are on for a substantial amount of time each day. At a minimum, ENERGY STAR recommends installing qualified CFLs in fixtures that are used at least 15 minutes at a time or several hours per day. The best fixtures to use qualified CFLs in are usually found in the following areas of your home:
  • family and living rooms
  • kitchen
  • dining room
  • bedrooms
  • outdoors
Go to the Energy Star “Choose a Light” Guide available through this site.
CFLs come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and wattages to meet almost any home lighting need.  So, don’t delay, change out your incandescent bulbs today!

Additional Resources:
US Department of Energy Comparison
Energy Star Home Savings Calculator
Energy Star FAQ

CFL Disposal
Because small amounts of mercury are  a necessary component in all CFLs, including ENERGY STAR™ qualified light bulbs, the lamps should be handled responsibly and be recycled.  There are many ways to dispose of CFL bulbs:

  • Wyandotte Recycling Center
  • Home Depot stores
  • Hood’s Do It Best
  • Jerry’s Ace Hardware
  • Go to to find other CFL recycle locations near you
While mercury is a toxin that cannot be disposed of in landfills, it is very common in our environment.  Throughout the lifecycle of a bulb, incandescent bulbs introduce more mercury into the environment than CFLs do.  (See graph below)


Additional Resources:
Energy Star CFL and Mercury FAQ
What to do if your CFL breaks

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