A welcoming neighborhood includes a well-lit street that improves pedestrian and vehicle visibility and a sense of personal security. When streets are properly lit, especially at crossings, it encourages residents to get out and walk, it improves security, and minimizes crime or vandalism. Over the past several years Florida Power and Light has been actively replacing traditional high-pressure sodium vapor (HPSV) fixtures with light emitting diode LED lighting. The transition is taking place as a way to improve light quality, increase visibility, and reduce energy costs. Now the City is doing the same with the more than 2,000 City-owned fixtures.
A recent audit by NORESCO of City fixtures determined the number of fixtures, their existing conditions, ownership of the pole, and fixture type. 2,748 fixtures were identified as City-owned and in need of an update to LED. Replacement is set to being this fall, and while the pole itself will not change in most instances, the fixture will change to accommodate LED bulbs. Following the update residents will notice brighter, whiter light directed toward the street.