By Correne Martin
The lighting in Prairie du Chien’s downtown may soon have a different hue to it, as LED lamps are planned for installation in the decorative light posts by this fall. Though there is an initial cost involved with this city project, the funds are expected to be recouped in less than three years, thanks to energy efficiency savings, and eventually save the city about $78,000.
Terry Meyer, Prairie du Chien co-manager of public works, said LEDs will replace the conventional 150-watt metal halide fixtures on 85 street lights on Blackhawk Avenue, from Marquette Road to Main Street, and on Main Street, from Blackhawk to Iowa Street. LEDs have a more natural glow to them, as compared to the yellow glow of the current lights.
The city has been working with E3 Energy Coalition of Viroqua on energy-saving projects like this one. (In 2013, the wastewater facility lighting was upgraded with grant funding.)