Some cities around Broward County began changing their street lights from old orange incandescent to clean white LED lights. I think it not only makes the streets more visible but is also clean and modern looking. With all the work that we have been doing on Lyons rd., wouldn't it be great to continue with this modernization of our city? (Not to mention the reduction in energy!)

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Linda Whitman, Senior Planner, Sustainable City Coordinator almost 3 years ago

Good Afternoon and thank you for your suggestion. "Street lights" actually falls under the Public Works department but I have inquired to them on your behalf. I will find out the City's plans for LED street lights and respond as soon as I know something.

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Yvonne Lopez, Community Relations Director admin almost 3 years ago

Hi Fiorella,

There are roughly 1600 streetlights along the public roadways within the City. About 1400 of them are owned and operated by either FPL or Broward County (probably 90%/10% respectively). Less than 200 of them, sporadically throughout the City, are actually owned by the City. The County maintains and pays energy costs for their own streetlights and the City pays FPL a fixed amount per pole per month which includes all maintenance, repair and energy costs for their lights. FPL would require the City to pay the cost of upgrading the fixtures which they would own (LED fixtures are significantly more expensive than the existing High Pressure Sodium fixtures-HPS). The City does not utilize incandescent fixtures, which were predominantly phased out as an option in the 1950’s as better fixture technologies emerged. Considering we would experience only a minimal reduction in carbon footprint, there would be virtually no advantage to the City to make such a large investment as there would be no payback and the added cost would likely result in an increase from FPL in our monthly rates.

We will keep you posted if there are any changes. Thanks for your idea!

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