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Phoenix’s LED Street Light Conversion Moves ForwardPhoenix’s LED Street Light Conversion Moves Forward<div class="ExternalClassB976C48D2E724C4CA8303641A25C31FF"><h3><strong>​</strong><strong><em>City Council Approves Plan to Replace All Street Lights; Will Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Lower Energy Costs</em><br><br></strong></h3><div>Mayor Greg Stanton and the Phoenix City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to move forward with a citywide effort to replace all of the city’s street lights with energy-efficient LEDs.  </div><div><br></div><div>The Council approved a $30 million plan to convert approximately 100,000 street lights to LED over the next two years – which will save the city a net total of approximately $22 million through 2030 in reduced energy and maintenance costs.</div><div><br></div><div>“Modernizing our street lights is one of the many ways we’re making Phoenix a more sustainable city, and doing our part to combat climate change,” said Stanton. “The fact that we’re saving millions of taxpayer dollars also shows how becoming more sustainable and more efficient is simply good business.”</div><div><br></div><div>The Council also revised the city’s standard color temperature (kelvin level) for street lights from the current 4,000 kelvin to 2,700 kelvin, which is considered a “warmer” color temperature for LED lights. The revision in the standard color temperature (kelvin level) for street lights was based on American Medical Association guidelines and extensive community input, potential environmental issues, technical lighting standards, and projected energy savings.</div><div><br></div><div>“This is an exciting project that will not only yield significant savings in energy and cost, but will also address a potential public safety issue, which is the harmful effects that bright lights have on individuals and the environment,” said City Councilwoman Laura Pastor. “This is an example of how by working together, with the community and across departments, we can accomplish a large undertaking and be a leader on the cutting edge of technology for other cities to follow.”</div><div><br></div><div>Vice Mayor Kate Gallego added, “There’s nothing more annoying than when you’re driving down the street and a streetlight is burnt out.  Having heard complaints about burnt out streetlights, we looked into longer-lasting LED lights as a more cost-effective, greener, longer-lasting alternative. With this move by the City Council, we are showing that when residents bring good ideas to their elected officials, we listen. This effort is a great example of how, when we listen to our residents and study the data, we can save taxpayers money and make our city better than ever.” </div><div><br></div><div>At Wednesday’s meeting Stanton thanked neighborhood leaders like Craig Weaver of Sunnyslope Neighbors, whose expertise on LED lights helped City Staff avoid the mistake other cities have made in installing LED lights that were too harsh in color temperature. </div><div><br></div><div>“This is an opportunity for Phoenix to move into a leadership position,” Weaver said at Wednesday’s Council meeting. “The City is now going to be a leader in getting this lighting right because of the new technology of LEDs.”</div><div><br></div><div>The Council awarded the contract for the streetlight project to Ameresco. For more information about the City’s LED program, visit phoenix.gov/LED. </div><div><br></div><div style="text-align:center;"><strong>--30--</strong></div><p><br></p></div>12/1/2016 10:25:00 PMRobbie Sherwood, Mayor's Office: 480-246-7944Monica Hernandez, Street Transportation: 602-350-8853