Raleigh, NC Historic Neighborhoods Square Off Over LED Streetlights - Energy Watch News

Raleigh, NC Historic Neighborhoods Square Off Over LED Streetlights

As Raleigh installs new, energy-saving streetlights in most parts of town, residents of some of the city’s oldest neighborhoods are turning up their noses at the replacements as too bright and just too modern. The city last fall launched a $12 million effort to replace about 30,000 streetlights across the city with LED bulbs and fixtures. The city-proposed LED fixtures emit light at 4,000 Kelvin. Committee members and residents want something that’s 3,000 Kelvin or less. The problem: Duke Energy isn’t offering lights that are 3,000 Kelvin or less, according to city staff. So some residents are lobbying City Council members to find and approve more historic-looking LED lights – with or without Duke Energy. The city is working with Duke on the issue, which owns the fixtures that Raleigh leases. http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/counties/wake-county/raleigh-report-blog/article62302452.html

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