It will require less energy to light the night in Clearwater thanks to improved streetlight technology selected by the City of Clearwater with assistance from Duke Energy. Starting this week and through the next 15 months, Duke Energy contractors will replace all of the city's 11,290 existing streetlights from standard incandescent bulbs to Light Emitting Diode, or LED, bulbs that produce the same amount of light.
When this project is complete, the city's entire street lighting network will be converted to smarter technology at no additional cost to the city. The project will begin in the Countryside area sometime around the end of August or first of September, and crews will work south and west until the project is complete.
There will be very minimal impact to residents throughout this conversion process, as all work will be done in roadways. Residents will see uniformed Duke Energy contractors wearing reflective vests and badges that identify themselves as working with Duke Energy.
"I’m pleased that with Duke Energy, we're able to convert all of the city’s streetlights to LED," said Paul Bertels, Traffic Operations Manager. "This will enhance safety and lend to a more aesthetically pleasing look along Clearwater’s streets and roadways."
"This is a great example of how private sector and public sector can work together to accomplish something positive for the community," said Jim Cowling, Outdoor Lighting Manager, Duke Energy Florida. "We will continue to look for partnerships with the Florida municipalities we serve to offer more efficient energy solutions."
For more information, contact the City of Clearwater's Engineering Department at (727) 562-4750.