Source:  Santa Fe New Mexican  By John Urbanowski      2.9.19

Comments:  No brainer reasons to upgrade but takeaway and the noted point is the $250-700 cost to relamp an outdoor fixture. Note this is including a typical charge for a bucket truck, man-hours, and service call; if the ballast needs replacing, the cost can surely climb to the higher number. Need assistance for your exterior? Read more below and see full article. 

The recent New Mexican news article (“Santa Fe streets going dark,” Jan. 27) and editorial (“Stop letting city’s street lights stay dark,” Our View, Jan. 27), about street lighting, was a revelation. It was surprising that our progressive city is not embracing a major element of 21st-century urbanism.

First, we should consider if we can afford to be spot re-lamping our street lights with 1960s technology. By far the most expensive part of changing that light bulb is the cost of labor and equipment: anywhere from $250-$700.

It sounds unbelievable, but consider the expensive truck that needs to be used, the skilled linemen who need to be paid for the work, the safety aspects, sometimes including a lane closure (disruption of traffic) and the travel time to the pole (and back) to change a $10-$15 light bulb that is now functionally obsolete — it’s a comparative energy hog (using at least two to three times as much energy) and a maintenance headache, failing four times as often as the latest technology. Add to this the poor light control of some of these dinosaur lighting fixtures that are disrupting our view of the night sky.

Second, ponder that with the same investment in labor and an additional 90 or so dollars, you have eliminated the burnout question for the next 20 years, improved the quality of lighting and protected our view of the stars. By the way, you would save at least 50 percent in energy, lowering our carbon footprint. If instead of changing that one light bulb, the bucket truck could be assigned to change that block of lighting fixtures, the cost of changing each fixture could be less than eventually changing their light bulbs, since they would not have to travel as far and they would already be mobilized. See complete article at