@ My2 Cents: Your theories are a little off. The lighting control panel allow
timers/photo controllers to turn off the lights during daytime hours, this is
money well spent. Also copper wire is superior to Aluminum wire in it current
carrying properties. Wire/conductor must be oversized for voltage drop for long
wire run such as street/freeway lighting. And by the way most street lighting
is not 110V because of extreme voltage drop. It is most likely 240V or 480V.
Please get some facts strait before commenting on something that is out of your
Stealing this stuff is only a Class A Misdemeanor? I'd say that is
underkill. Make it a Second Degree Felony. After all it is a danger to the
public in so many ways.
As brazen as thieves are anymore the theft was most likely done during daylight
hourswhere people and police would pay less attention to vehicles parked
along the roads. A night time theft would draw more attention than daytime
thefts. If this picture showing the lighting control panel is what
UDOT is installing then we deserve to have all their equipment stolen. This is
extravagance and waste at its best, why do they put in a $300 panel when a $40
panel w/breaker will work? And why are they installing wire that is 100 times
the size needed for 110v light bulbs? The purpose of A/C power is to allow the
use of smaller size wiring that can be transformed at each end to get the
voltage needed. Someone should take a look at the extravagant waste
and excessive cost to the taxpayers. Normal size wiring would cut the cost by
75% and not make it worth the time and effort to steal smaller gauge copper
wire. And BTW, this wiring is the 99% pure copper which is overkill for a string
of street lights.