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A light change

Published: January 27, 2014, 10:25 am, by Ned Hunter

Utility trucks blocking parking spaces along a northern section of Tejon Street on Monday are being used to change street lights from East Bijou Street north to East Platte Avenue.

Utility workers are replacing existing lights with LED, or light-emitting diode, fixtures. Lights in Acacia Park already have been changed. Utility crews hope to finish this particular block of East Tejon Street by day’s end.

The project is part of a citywide LED street lighting pilot project that began in 2009. City engineers had installed 430 LED street lights throughout the city as of May 6.

The lights are being changed because LED lighting is expected to cost less to operate and maintain. LED lighting also “last 10 times longer than the old lights,” city officials have said. The LED lights emit a brighter light, which is expected to bring an additional sense of safety to downtown visitors.

The downtown project includes installing the LED lights along Tejon Street from Colorado Avenue to Boulder Street.