Outdoor Lighting Challenges and Solution Pathways
Across the nation, outdoor lighting helps communities create a safe environment for residents and business owners to live, work, play, and travel. This is a vital public service supported by taxpayer dollars that municipalities and their utilities provide. However, this essential offering consumes a significant amount of energy, approximately 1.3 quadrillion Btu's, annually and is often tethered to substantial operational costs. Outdoor lighting can represent more than half of a municipal energy budget depending on the size of the municipality, the scope of the services offered, and efficiency of the public lighting. States and counties are also responsible for roadway lighting, often including freeway, interstate, bridge, and tunnel lighting.