Lights replaced at no cost to city through DTE Energy grant
By ROBERT ANKRAPP
For the Times-Herald
HEIGHTS – Baseball and softball players who call Van Houten Park their “home field” will now play their night games under new, brighter, and higher-efficiency LED lights.
Through a grant made available through DTE Energy, the existing overhead lights — 40 in all, mounted on six poles around the field — were replaced with higher-efficiency LED lights. The grant is the same one that allowed for the conversion of lights in several city buildings last year.
The new lights use approximately 35 to 40 percent less energy than the old lights, while producing many times the brightness – with a life expectancy of nearly 10 times the old lights, City Engineer Ali Dib said.
“Our conversion of led lights throughout the city is a great step forward,” Mayor Bill Bazzi said. “The brighter lights are certainly making our streets and other environments both brighter and safer, as well as saving the city thousands of dollars in reduced energy charges.”