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Let there be LED lights: Find out why Fresno is installing new streetlights around town

LED lighting going up in Fresno

The City of Fresno announced a plan to upgrade street lights throughout the city called “Light Up Fresno.” The program is a partnership between the City of Fresno and PG&E to convert existing light bulbs on street lights by December.
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The City of Fresno announced a plan to upgrade street lights throughout the city called “Light Up Fresno.” The program is a partnership between the City of Fresno and PG&E to convert existing light bulbs on street lights by December.

Expect to see some new lights all around Fresno as the city sets out to upgrade all its streetlights.

In a news release, the city says the “Light Up Fresno” program is a partnership with PG&E to convert existing streetlight bulbs to more energy efficient LEDs in all of the city’s 36,000 traditional streetlights by December. Work has already begun in southeast Fresno.

There are about 2,000 ornamental streetlights that will transition to LED in a later phase.

The city already has installed 1,000 LED streetlights, mostly around the Fresno State campus.

The city says the LEDs can help save an estimated $1.6 million in energy costs per year. The lights also promote safety, the city says, by giving a better look at shapes and colors.

Anthony Galaviz writes about sports for The Fresno Bee. He covers the Oakland Raiders, high schools, boxing, MMA and junior colleges. He’s been with The Bee since 1997 and attended Fresno City College before graduating from Fresno State with a major in journalism and a minor in criminology.
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