“We are going to go to a lower-intensity lighting,” said Renee Molyneux, the municipal utility’s administrative services manager.
Molyneux said the BLP has received verbal approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to make the change, and they plan on installing the new lighting over the weekend.
“We are anticipating having this project completed by Sunday — bad weather and all,” she said.
The reasoning behind the change is the condition of the current lighting on the stack. The setup uses a strobe system that, when working properly, switches from a brighter daylight mode to a dimmer “twilight” mode at night.
Molyneux said that, unfortunately for the BLP, the current system is aging. In order to keep it operating smoothly, they need to find the right parts — something that has proven difficult.
Molyneux said the problem with the lighting system is the lights aren’t switching to the “twilight” mode — and, as a result, staff has to manually switch the lights.
The new lighting on the stack will be light emitting diodes (LEDs), and will change color during the day and at night. During the day, the lights will flash white; and at night, the lights will flash red.
Currently, the strobes flash a white color all day and all night.