LED Lights May Be Used In Bloomington’s Holiday Lights

Local officials and managing partners for the holiday lights in Bloomington’s courthouse square are considering switching to more energy-efficient LED bulbs.

Canopy of lights.

Photo: Bill Shaw/WTIU

The Canopy of lights on Bloomington's downtown square.

Local officials and managing partners for the iconic holiday lights in Bloomington’s courthouse square are considering switching to more energy-efficient LED bulbs in as little as two years. But switching to LED may not yield savings right away.

Currently there are more than 200,000 light bulbs hanging in the canopy, trees and surrounding buildings downtown and these lights stay on for more than 500 hours during the holidays.

Jim Murphy is the president of CFC Properties, which maintains the lights on the trees and surrounding buildings of the square. He says switching to LED lighting would lower energy use and electricity costs. But Murphy says LED lights come with higher replacement costs. While the canopy lights are only replaced as needed, workers hang new lights on the trees every three years.

“The LED lights currently as of today are about twice as expensive as the incandescent lights so although we would save money in energy costs, we would actually spend more money in purchasing those lights every three years,” Murphy says.

The lights currently lining the trees and buildings are due to be replaced in two years. Murphy says a switch to LED lights would bring significant energy savings and he hopes the prices of LED lights decrease in the next two years making a switch to LED lights a no-brainer.

Emily Wright

Emily, an Indianapolis native, joined WFIU/WTIU in 2013 as Producer of Noon Edition. She studied Telecommunications and Liberal Arts Management at Indiana University.

View all posts by this author »

  • Bob Eckert

    For the short time that the lights are lit, this is stupid and will not save a measurable about of energy. Instead we will be subjected to the cold blue hideous glow of white LED lights. There is no such thing as an “incandescent warm” white LED light. The best they could do would be to only used colored lights which would ruin the overall effect we have enjoyed for years.

What is RSS? RSS makes it possible to subscribe to a website's updates instead of visiting it by delivering new posts to your RSS reader automatically. Choose to receive some or all of the updates from Indiana Public Media News:

Support For Indiana Public Media Comes From

Search News

Stay Connected

RSS e-mail itunes Facebook Twitter Flickr YouTube

Follow us on Twitter

What is RSS? RSS makes it possible to subscribe to a website's updates instead of visiting it by delivering new posts to your RSS reader automatically. Choose to receive some or all of the updates from Indiana Public Media News:

Recent Stories

Recent Videos

Find Us on Facebook