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Sylvania to Replace Defective LED Streetlights in Fort

By: David Deschesne

Fort Fairfield Journal, January 9, 2013

Since the new Light Emitting Diode (LED) streetlights were installed in Fort Fairfield, nearly half of them have either begun to fail, or have completely failed. Sylvania, the manufacturer of the LED streetlight retrofit kit has been involved for the past couple of months to determine the cause of the failure and how to rectify the situation.

“We have been working to find out exactly what the problem is, in case there is an issue with the power or electrical system in Fort Fairfield. We have determined that the street lights that have failed were a manufacturing issue,” said Walter Cary, Senior Sales Representative for Sylvania. “We have shipped replacements for the school failures, and have lined up a contractor to replace these lights at no charge to Fort Fairfield.”

Some skeptics of LED lighting have suggested Maine is too cold for that technology to work well. However, Cary says this particular failure was not from environmental issues, but rather from a defect in manufacturing. “The failures do not appear to be an issue with the environmental factors in Fort Fairfield. LED lighting is still a new technology. As we learn more, the amount of errors in manufacturing has decreased. There was a batch of these LED retro-fit kits that were manufactured incorrectly. Some of these made it into the market and ended up in Fort Fairfield. It is fairly easy to determine which retro-fit kits have this defect, when you compare the light output of a defective unit to one that operates properly.”

. We intend to replace the remaining defective street lights soon, and I have been in contact with George Watson regarding coordination of the work.”



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