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Raleigh, historic neighborhoods square off over LED streetlights

FEB 24, 2016


Read more here: 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 – light emitting diode – bulbs and fixtures. LEDs last longer and use up to 85 percent less energy than older sodium diode bulbs, so Raleigh is expected to save $400,000 annually once they’re all installed.

But the city is facing resistance from those who say they’re out to protect the character of Raleigh’s most celebrated neighborhoods.

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