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LED Street Lights Brighten Up Kansas City Metro

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Communities around the Kansas City metro are taking part in programs to install LED street lights.

Participating cities saw significant energy savings after switching to the high-efficiency lights, and felt they got more light for less cost. The initiative was funded by the Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Conservation grant program.

Most cities in the Kansas City metro use a kind of "mercury and high pressure sodium" streetlight. However, these LED streetlights, or light-emitting diode lights, are considered more efficient and more cost-effective. 

On Wednesday's Central Standard, Brian Ellison examines the benefits and the drawbacks of new LED streetlights. 


  • Georgia Nesselrode, Director of Local Government Services with the Mid-American Regional Council
  • Keith Thomas, Electric Utility Director for City of Harrisonville, Mo.
  • Aaron Otto, City Administrator for Roeland Park, Kan.


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