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Monterey switches street lights to LED

By LARRY PARSONS – Herald Staff Writer –

Monterey’s nightscape is in the midst of a luminous makeover.

A city-hired contractor this week started replacing every street light and tunnel light in the city — about 1,900 lights in all — with new energy-saving fixtures.

The project, scheduled to be completed by March, is substituting new light emitting diode, or LED, fixtures for existing high-pressure sodium street lights.

The new lights consume about 40 percent less energy, and their installation will allow Monterey to comply with a state law requiring the reduction of municipal greenhouse gas emissions, city officials say.

The switchover started with lights along the Recreation Trail, and crews were working Friday in the Fisherman’s Flats neighborhood.

“They are doing about 300 a day,” said Richard Llantero, a city engineer.

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