Starting in September of 2018, Florida Power & Light crews began working to replace existing traditional City streetlights with more energy-efficient LED fixtures. The transition has had no cost to the City for the removal of old lights or for the installation of new ones. LEDs, or light-emitting diodes, are extremely long lasting when compared to traditional bulbs, sometimes lasting hundreds of thousands of hours longer. As a result, LED streetlights benefit from lower maintenance costs. They also produce less heat and have no warm-up periods, meaning their startup is instantaneous. Much power is wasted in the form of heat in traditional fluorescent and incandescent bulbs. LED lights are up to 80% more efficient than traditional lighting; with 95% of the energy in LEDs being converted into light and only 5% wasted as heat.
Because of these new streetlights high efficiency, the City will see a reduction in costs for City-paid street light power bills. This change supports the goals of the City’s 2017 Sustainability Action Plan by reducing energy consumption and the City’s overall carbon footprint.