St. Paul Reviewing LED Streetlight Program after Complaints

August 08, 2016 05:17 PM

The city of St. Paul is reviewing its plans to transition city street lights to LEDs after receiving complaints that they're too bright and harsh.

The city started putting in the LED lights in downtown St. Paul about 5 years ago. Now, crews are updating the lights in the Lexington-Hamline and Como-Chatsworth neighborhoods.


Resident Rob Foehl told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS he's losing sleep because of the new light.

"We have normal shades that you draw, and the light comes beaming right in," Foehl said. 

The city is testing new LEDs that give off less light and is working to fix the problem.

"The light fixture can be tilted. Even if we tilt it down a little bit, that can maybe stop the glare from going in someone's bedroom," St. Paul Public Works Director Kathy Lantry said. "We can also add a shield that directs the light more down toward the street."

The city plans to replace all 32,000 streetlights in St. Paul, and they've already switched 5,400 of them to the energy-efficient LED lights.  


Joe Mazan

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