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Las Vegas installing energy-efficient streetlights

Las Vegas installing energy-efficient streetlights

By Jacquie Levy. CREATED Aug 1, 2011

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Las Vegas is lighting up the night with thousands of energy-efficient streetlamps.
  
Crews are starting this week to replace 6,600 conventional streetlight bulbs with LED (light-emitting diode) fixtures.
  
City officials say the change will cut the Las Vegas energy bill by $400,000 each year and reduce the city's annual electricity use by 8 million kilowatt hours.
  
The first phase is beginning in the Ward 2 neighborhood near Charleston Boulevard and Durango Drive. The city plans to replace 50,000 bulbs in all six wards over the next four months.
  
Conventional streetlight bulbs last about six years, while LED lights have a 15-year lifespan.
  
Funding comes from $2.9 million in federal energy conservation bonds and $400,000 from a state of Nevada federal stimulus grant.
  
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