Durham going more eco-friendly by placing LED bulbs in 20,000 streetlights

DURHAM, N.C. (WTVD) -- Crews began installing high efficiency LED lights in Durham streetlights Tuesday.

Bull City leaders pushed for the upgraded lights in order to make the city more environmentally friendly and to save money in the long run.

The technology is more efficient than traditional lights most people see on the neighborhood streets and authorities say the lights won't need frequent repairs.

Durham Transportation Department employees say people who live near the utility poles with new fixtures won't have to worry about the bigger lights shining into their homes.

The light will be "directed down toward the street," according to Bill Judge with the Durham Transportation Department.

Durham's 20,000 streetlights are being converted to LEDs as part of a partnership between the city and Duke Energy.

It will take 18 months to replace all of the lights.
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