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Better lighting coming to neighborhoods citywide

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Work begins Monday to bring new and better lighting to neighborhoods across the city, an issue that was the focus of several FOX 8 Defenders reports.

The city said it will spend $14.7 million to convert about 20,000 streetlights to energy-efficient LED streetlights. The LED lights have longer lifespan – up to 10 years – and use 30 to 50 percent less energy.

Crews will convert 600 streetlights per week during the next 12 months.

In April, the City Council passed a resolution authorizing the one-time Energy Smart funds. The money comes from an Entergy account for an energy savings program, and ratepayers pay nothing extra.

Outages are identified from reports to the NOLA 311 system. Residents can report outages Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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