Paddock Lake OKs LED streetlights for 248th Avenue

One of the current high pressure sodium lights along 248th Avenue in Paddock Lake.

Drivers and residents along 248th Avenue (the Double Lanes)  in Paddock Lake may notice some new lights along that main village street before Christmas, but they won’t be the multi-colored holiday kind.

The Paddock Lake Village Board on Wednesday approved replacing the existing median high pressure sodium streetlights along 248th Avenue with new LED fixtures. The vote to approve the approximately $28,000 expenditure was unanimous, with Trustees Patricia Warner and Chris Bucko absent.

Village administrator Tim Popanda said the current lights have grown unevenly dimmer than they should be over the length of the street, which stretches from 60th Street to 75th Street (Highway 50), and is the main north-south residential street on the west side of the lake. The current problems are believed to be with the auto transformers on the lights.

Replacing the lights with new high pressure sodium fixtures would have cost about $7,000, but would have only lasted about six years. The LED fixtures are expected to last about 20 years, Popanda said.

During citizens comments at the beginning of the meeting resident David Buehn, a former village president, commented on the deterioration of the lighting on 248th Avenue.

“248th is getting pretty gloomy out there,” said Buehn. He supported installing LED lights in his comments, citing recent installations such as along Highway N just east of I-94.

“The initial costs will be high, but the payoff will come,” Buehn said. “As a taxpayer, I am in support of the LED lighting. … That’s money we’ll spent.”

Popanda said he would like to see the new lights installed before Dec. 25.

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