After Pushback From Environmental Groups, Kansas City Makes Adjustments To Its Streetlight Conversion Plan

In January, the Kansas City Council voted 11-1 to replace 84,000 of the city’s streetlights with energy-efficient LED bulbs. The ordinance contracts Black & McDonald to conduct the replacement beginning in May. The large-scale change is expected to last three years. Switching to LED bulbs would mean saving 2,500 tons in carbon emissions in the first year and 20,000 after three years, according to Public Works. After six years, Public Works estimates that the city will save 28,700 in carbon emissions each year.  Though these benefits exist regardless of the color temperature of the LEDs used, choosing 3000K lights decreases the harm on KC’s natural environment and introduces even more environmental benefits to the switch. 

By Savannah Hawley. The Pitch. February 15, 2022.

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