MEMBER SERVICES Q&A: Security Lights


Q: My neighbors recently built a new house and Bluebonnet installed a security light with a bright white glow. I had one installed eight years ago and its yellow glow isn’t nearly as bright. How are they different?

A: Last September, Bluebonnet began installing new security lights with 53-watt LED (light-emitting diode) bulbs instead of the standard 100-watt high-pressure sodium bulbs. Thanks to the progression of technology, the co-op is now able to offer the LED lights at a reasonable cost.
    LED lights use less energy, cost less to maintain and put out a white-toned light that is more appealing than the yellow-toned light emitted by high-pressure sodium bulbs. LEDs also cause less light pollution — meaning it will illuminate your area for safety without putting a damper on star-gazing. In addition, while high-pressure sodium lights generally last 10 years, LED lights are expected to last about 15 years.
    All new security lights, like the one at your neighbor’s new home, will receive LED lights. The co-op will continue to use high-pressure sodium bulbs and photo cells when those bulbs fail in existing security lights. But when light fixtures break they will be replaced with LED security lights at no charge to the member. Members who want to replace high-pressure sodium light with an LED light must pay a one-time fee of $125, in addition to their regular monthly security light rate.
    Bluebonnet will continue to install high-pressure sodium lights in areas that need higher power lights, such as parking lots and along roads, but will continue to monitor the evolution of LED lights.
    Questions? Call a member service representative at 800-842-7708.
    — Norma Cardenas, member service representative

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