DULUTH – The City of Duluth is out with old street lights and in with newer technology.
Crews are replacing lights with a yellow glow along facilities, buildings, parks, pathways and streets with white LED lights.
Officials say the current lighting system is outdated and needs to be replaced frequently.
But LED lights require less maintenance, can last up to 20 years and are not only energy efficient, but cost less.
“It's actually very exciting to be working with LED and knowing that we're saving energy over the long run and reducing costs for the residents of Duluth,” said Dyann Andybur, energy coordinator for the City of Duluth .
The lights will reduce energy by 50 percent.
Duluth’s goal is to reduce decorative street lighting by 15 percent.
The LED conversion has been three years in the making and is part of the Duluth's Energy Action Plan which is estimated to cost a little more than $2 million to implement.
However, the upgrades will reduce energy use which will save the city more than $400,000 a year.
Officials expect the whole conversion to take at least until 2015 to complete.