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County may go with LED streetlights

November 3, 2011
The Maui Weekly

The Maui News - The county could convert hundreds of streetlights to light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, if the Maui County Council passes a bill to allow the energy-saving fixtures.

An advocate for controlling light pollution on Maui said the bright lights would not necessarily harm wildlife and interfere with astronomical observations if installed properly. And county Public Works Director David Goode said the change could save the county as much as $1 million a year in energy costs. "We spend around $2 million a year now to power up our streetlights, and there's new technology available, primarily LED, that has the potential of cutting that in half," he said. A bill that would allow the county to use LED technology in streetlights will be discussed by the council's Infrastructure Management Committee in a meeting this week.



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