Round Rock installs new LED ‘smart’ lights

September 28, 2015 in Current Events, Government, News by RBN Staff

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LED Street lights in Round Rock. (Courtesy: City of Round Rock)

LED Street lights in Round Rock. (Courtesy: City of Round Rock)

ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — The city of Round Rock hopes to save money with the use of new LED street lights. The pilot program—at no cost to the city—puts 100 cutting-edge streetlight and security systems at two locations in the city: Double Creek Drive and Forest Creek Drive.

The city anticipates dramatic savings in energy and maintenance costs by replacing existing fixtures with these multi-purpose lights. The LED streetlights, in addition to providing more natural lighting at night, have the ability to flash red to alert motorists of an emergency. The flashing function will be tested a limited number of times, primarily to showcase the advanced technology in the lampheads.

the partnership is with GigaTera, Planled and Opterra. Planled reached out to the city because Round Rock has already adopted LED technology in some of its facilities, including the Round Rock Sports Center.

“We’re glad to provide Planled with a venue to demonstrate its advanced LED technology,” Assistant City Manager Brooks Bennett said. “These smart devices have the potential to save money and improve safety, and we are anxious to see what kind of a difference they can make.”