Topeka, Kan., happy with change to LED streetlights
Topeka, Kan., officials are pleased with their recent installment of more than 400 light-emitting diode (LED) streetlights, saying the move has saved money and improved aesthetics. In a video posted on YouTube, Topeka Public Works Department's evaluation and planning manager Carlos Salazar says the transition has lowered the city's energy costs by 40 percent and is expected to save $4,000 a month in maintenance costs.
Salazar says the change to LED streetlights reduced the city's carbon emissions by 63 tons. The new fixtures also emit a softer, more pleasing light than the previous metal halide fixtures, he says. "We're hoping in the future to upgrade the rest of the [1,100] city-owned streetlights," Salazar says in the video.