LED streetlights are solid long-term investment
embarked on a pilot project to test the viability of using LED streetlights throughout the city. And we're even more pleased to learn that 80 percent of the costs — a total of $360,000 — were paid by a federal block grant. That's a bargain, because there's already solid evidence that LED lights are a cost-effective alternative for improving visibility on our streets. In 2008, the city of Oakland, Calif., teamed up with the U.S. Department of Energy and the local utility company, Pacific Gas & Electric, in a scientific comparison of LED streetlights vs. traditional high-pressure sodium lights.