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Stimulus will make your street brighter

March 17, 2009 |  9:00 am

One of the biggest changes seen from the big federal stimulus? It could be brighter streets. Many cities are using a provision in the stimulus to replace aging street lights with more energy efficient LED lighting. L.A. officials are leading the way, but other cities are on this too, according to the Star-News:

Within the $787 billion stimulus package Congress approved last month is $50 billion for energy programs. Officials in San Gabriel Valley cities and elsewhere want to use at least part of their shares of that money to replace high-pressure sodium bulbs with longer-lasting, more energy efficient light-emitting diode, or LED, bulbs. The bulbs use between 40 percent and 60 percent less energy and last about four times longer than the traditional high-pressure sodium lamps.

-- Shelby Grad