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A record of answers to random questions submitted to the community and this website.


How does a title company obtain a Weatherstone HOA subordination agreement for a borrower?


Please contact the Weatherstone community manager. Answered 27 December 2016


Can a street light be moved or added to the neighborhood?


When a subdivision is designed in Highlands Ranch the developer requests a streetlight design from Xcel Energy. Xcel designs to their standards when they lay out the locations for the lights. Usually but not always Highlands Ranch Metro District engineering staff get a chance to review it. The only changes made over the years is to move one closer to an intersection or mailboxes.

 

If a resident wants a streetlight added, someone other than the HRMD has to fund the installation. It can be one neighbor, a group of neighbors or a sub-HOA. The other condition is that all the neighbors that might be affected have to be in favor of the light. Even if one neighbor doesn’t want it HRMD will not proceeded and will ask Xcel Energy not to move forward with the design proposal.

 

Over the last 25 years only a few Highlands Ranch requests that have moved forward. In one situation neighbors expressed that everyone was in agreement but then when the proposed location was selected and Xcel designed the new location, one resident was opposed so it was stopped. The other request was in 2015 and several immediate neighbors opposed the effort upfront so HRMD did not have Xcel start the design.


The costs are variable because it depends on the location of the streetlight feed and the transformers.  The base estimate is streetlights range from $2,500 if connections are close and at least  $7,000 to $8,000 if they are not close (all numbers are rough estimates).  Answered 19 December 2016


How do the new LED street lights compare to the old technology bulbs? 

Do they help protect the darkness of the night time sky?


Xcel Energy uses a standard nominal Correlated Color Temperature (CCT) rating of 4000 Kelvin (K) for LED roadway lighting. A rating of 4,000 K is the equivalent color temperature of moonlight, a naturally occurring light source that humans have adapted to for millennia. Beyond the natural moonlight temperatures, the decision to standardize at 4,000 K was also driven by Xcel's experience with the various color temperatures of existing light fixtures across the system, including LEDs, and the feedback received from several peer utilities with large scale deployment of the technology.


Xcel seeks to maximize the benefits of LED lighting without compromising efficacy. Xcel selected 4,000 K as the nominal CCT rating for the three LED street lighting pilot projects we conducted across the service territory and received only positive feedback from residents and public officials in each of the pilot areas. Also, 4,000 K CCT rating is lower than the Kelvin temperature of induction and metal halide lights that are widely deployed across Denver.


The induction lights deployed in downtown Denver are rated 4,100 K and the metal halide luminaires are 4,200 K nominal. Additionally, the specification requirements on the fixtures installed with this rate option meet or exceed the International Dark Sky Association's (IDA) Fixture Seal of Approval guidelines.


All LED fixtures approved by Xcel for this offering meet the full cutoff requirements as defined by the Illumination Engineering Society's back-light, up-light and glare ratings luminaire classification system. The proposed side-mounted roadway applications use an up-light rating of zero. This means that zero percent of the fixture lumens will be directed between the 90 and 180 degrees vertical with zero degrees at the nadir. The result is decreased light trespass and minimal upward light emitted, contributing to darker skies.


Xcel has gone back and adjusted a few heads to ensure that the light is directed downward toward the street and walk. They seem brighter but that’s because the old HPS bulbs had a more yellow color and also became dimmer with age whereas LEDs just go out when they die.  Answered 22 July 2016