By Mary Maushard
Energy-efficient LED fixtures are brightening up new areas at the Port of Baltimore. The Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Port Administration (MDOT MPA) recently replaced 18 metal halide fixtures with LED fixtures at the Fairfield Marine Terminal’s Pier 3 and then another 15 at Pier 4.
“Our goal is to … eventually replace all of the parking lot and lower roadway lighting with LED technology throughout all of our marine terminals,” said Joe Nickoles, Deputy Director of Crane, Facility and Fleet Maintenance.
The Port’s LED replacement program has economic and security benefits. Because the LED fixtures use fewer kilowatts than the metal halide lights, they reduce energy costs and the burden on the electrical grid. In some cases, the LED fixtures cost less than replacing the original lights.
LED fixtures have longer lifespans, meaning they do not have to be changed as often, reducing maintenance costs and risks. Their lighter weight also puts less stress on light poles and the maintenance employees who service them, Nickoles said. Higher-quality lighting also makes the parking areas safer.
The new lights align well with MDOT MPA’s GreenPort goals and strategies to reduce energy use and increase safety for employees, customers and tenants.
The LED program began with new street lights along the connector bridge from Dundalk Marine Terminal to Seagirt Marine Terminal in 2015–16.