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  LED Streetlight Conversion FAQs
  Click here to view frequently asked questions and answers about the City's LED conversion.
Why is Knoxville making the switch to LED?

Historically, the City of Knoxville has spent approximately $4 million each year to cover the energy, operations, and maintenance costs associated with the city's approximately 29,500+ street lights. By converting high pressure sodium (HPS) lights to modern light emitting diode (LED) technology, the City will achieve significant savings as a result of reduced energy consumption and reduced maintenance costs. Other benefits include:

• Improved light quality, including a reduction in light pollution and improved safety;
• Greater reliability, and fewer outages, sustained by a 10 year luminaire warranty;
• No disposal hazards;
• Greenhouse gas emissions savings, helping the City achieve its goal of reducing municipal greenhouse gas emissions 20% by 2020.

The following graph compares the City's actual KUB Streetlighting Bills before and after project implementation, and shows an estimated annual bill savings of over $3 million. 

Streetlight Bill Comparison

When did the project begin?

The LED project began with an extensive design phase that launched in Summer 2017 and included test/demo installations of new lights for evaluation by the City and public stakeholders.  In Summer 2018, installation of the new lights began, with all work expected to be complete by December 30, 2019. 

What's happening now?

Installation of new LEDs began in August 2018.  Below is a progress map that will update as LED fixtures are installed.  Click on the point to get more information about that specific location.  If you have questions or comments, please email us at sustainability@knoxvilletn.gov

Click here for mobile-friendly view of progress map.

Project Summary Infographic

LED Infographic