street lights
North Santa Cruz Avenue’s streetlights have been replaced with high pressure sodium lamps.

Los Gatos has adopted several high-efficiency technologies to reduce energy use and lower maintenance and replacement costs at Town facilities.

  • Traffic and Street Lighting: All red and green traffic lights and the majority of the pedestrian signals and yellow traffic lights now use LEDs instead of traditional incandescent lights. LEDs use 10-20% less energy than incandescent bulbs and last 5 times longer which reduces replacement expenses. As street light fixtures are upgraded and replaced, old bulbs are replaced with longer lasting high pressure sodium lamps which provide greater illumination.
  • Green Building and Retrofits
    • The new public library,will be a state-of-the-art green building that is expected toto achieve LEED® Gold certification. Upon completion in 2011, the building will serve dual purposes as a library and as a tool for sustainability education.
    • The Los Gatos Civic Center’s HVAC system was upgraded to incorporate state-of-the-art energy-saving technologies with variable frequency drives for electric motors. Printerscopiers and fax machines were consolidated into single, multifunction Energy Star®-rateddevices that require less maintenance and use less electricity. Setting a default option for double-sided printing reduces paper consumption in addition to saving energy.

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