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Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Mercer, Somerset, Middlesex, Hunterdon) to replace outdated, conventional street lights with more efficient LED lights was advanced by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s bill to convert the state’s street lights to LEDs was advanced by a senate panel.(Wikimedia Commons)

“LED lights use less power and last a lot longer than conventional lights,” Senator Bateman said. “The state and our municipalities could save a lot of money in energy and maintenance costs once this change is made.”

The bill, S-3060, requires towns, public utilities and the state to replace each conventional  street light they own with an LED technology within five years of the effective date of the bill. There are a few exceptions to the requirements, including if the light is used on a historic property.

LEDs — short for light-emitting diode — use 15-percent of the energy of an incandescent bulb and can last up to 100,000 hours. Studies have shown that street lighting costs can be reduced by 65-percent after switching to LED bulbs.

“Street lighting can account for up to 40-percent of an electric utility bill,” Senator Bateman said. “This can really help our towns struggling to control costs to cut back on a huge expense.”

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