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Maui Electric to assess energy saving street lights starting August 15

Maui Electric Company will be conducting work as part of its energy saving street light demonstration project from Monday, August 15 to Friday, August 19, from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. along Maui Lani Parkway in Kahului. Traffic will not be impacted but motorists can expect to see Maui Electric vehicles in the median, a crew working on the lights as well as temporary periods of light adjustments.

Maui Electric launched this energy saving street light demonstration project in June when 24 light-emitting diode (LED) street light fixtures with computer operating capabilities were installed along both sides of Maui Lani Parkway. As part of the demonstration, several different types of LED lights were installed. Data collected will evaluate light characteristics, such as color and brightness, and dimming capabilities that could result in improved energy efficiency.

“During the project we are evaluating the equipment and the technology that these various LED light fixtures offer,” said Kurt Tsukiyama, Maui Electric’s Technical Superintendent and project lead. “LEDs typically have a longer life span and these particular fixtures offer computer technology that involves enhanced lighting direction, remote monitoring capabilities, and dimming controls that would improve the long-term maintenance and operation of the lights.”

LED street lights offer the opportunity for County of Maui services to reduce energy consumption. Currently, Maui Electric maintains more than 8,000 street lights that use high pressure sodium bulbs on Maui, Lāna‘i and Moloka‘i. The pilot project was developed collaboratively between Maui Electric and the County’s Department of Public Works.



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