Detroit expands street lighting effort after residents say new LED lights not bright enough

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DETROIT — Detroit is adjusting its plan to upgrade city street lights following residents' complaints that LED lights weren't properly illuminating their neighborhoods.

Public Lighting Authority Director Odis Jones told the Detroit News ( ) Monday that crews are adding more lights than originally planned in certain areas and returning to pilot neighborhoods to reposition the lights.

About 14,700 new lights have been installed in the city since January. Crews are adding lights in eight ZIP codes after finishing installations in three pilot ZIP codes.

About 65,000 LED streetlights are expected to go up throughout the city before the end of 2016. The new 150-watt lights are twice as bright and use much less electricity than the older 75-watt, high-pressure sodium lights.

Information from: The Detroit News,

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