About 20 percent of Menlo Park's 2,300 street lights will start to shine a little brighter and burn a little less energy once the city finishes replacing 445 sodium bulbs with light-emitting diode (LED) fixtures.
The $323,154 project is funded by an energy conservation grant and the Community Development Housing Fund. Engineering Services Manager Chip Taylor estimated the swap will save the city $29,000 a year. The LEDs should also cut Menlo Park's annual carbon dioxide production by 123,000 pounds, he said.
Streets selected for the new lights include Santa Cruz Avenue, Willow Road, El Camino Real, and Middlefield Road.