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Phoenix Completes LED Street Light Conversion, Estimating $3.5 Million in Energy Savings per YearPhoenix Completes LED Street Light Conversion, Estimating $3.5 Million in Energy Savings per Year<div class="ExternalClass9DA86B0392B9407198B1CCD656C19EB8"><div><table width="100%" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td><p><img alt="Phoenix Mayor, Vice Mayor and Street Transportation Dept Director" src="/streetssite/MediaAssets/MediaEventPhotoBorder.png" style="width:300px;float:right;" />Phoenix residents are experiencing improved visibility on city streets after the conversion to LED street lights. The city of Phoenix completed a citywide conversion of nearly 100,000 standard street lights to energy-efficient light-emitting diode (LED) units. This conversion is one of the largest completed by any U.S. city. <br><br>"As the fifth largest city and fastest growing city in the nation, I want to make Phoenix a model of sustainability for communities across the country," said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. "These new LED street lights not only bring us one step closer to that goal, they also provide tremendous annual cost-savings for residents."<br><br>The conversion was approved by Phoenix City Council after several years of testing and evaluation of various LED street lights. Based upon community input and the evaluations, Phoenix adopted 2,700 kelvin as the standard kelvin level for Phoenix's new LED street lights, which is considered a warmer color temperature for LED lights.<br><br>The new LED street lights are anticipated to save the city approximately $3.5 million in annual energy costs. By switching to more energy efficient LED fixtures, the city reduced the amount of electricity needed to illuminate the streets by approximately 53%. This reduction prevents emissions of up to 18,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide a year -- the equivalent of taking 3,800 cars off the road.<br><br>LED street lights also have longer lifespans and produce better light quality than the previously used high pressure sodium street lights. In addition to substantial energy savings, the LED fixtures will reduce maintenance expenses over their service life. Each of the nearly 100,000 new fixtures come with a ten-year warranty.<br><br>LED technology can also improve roadway visibility and safety due to the improved distribution of light compared to high pressure sodium street lights. Improved visibility has been linked to a reduction in crime and increased pedestrian safety.<br><br>The city encourages the public to report street light outages, repair requests and other concerns to <a href="/atyourservice">phoenix.gov/atyourservice</a> by clicking on the "Street Light Repair Request" form or by calling the street light hotline at 602-495-5125.<br><br>Learn more about the Street Transportation Department at <a href="/streets">phoenix.gov/streets</a> and follow the department on Twitter <a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1428929/341383/23017/9/">@StreetsPHX</a>.</p><div style="text-align:center;"><a href="/streets/led"><img alt="LED Facts Figures" src="/streetssite/MediaAssets/LEDConversionHorz.png" style="width:800px;" /></a> </div></td></tr></tbody></table></div></div>1/14/2020 8:00:00 PMAshley Patton602-292-3704