City expects to save money with replacement LED street lights

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Thousands of people in Bakersfield will be seeing things in a whole new light pretty soon.

City leaders and PG&E announced Thursday that 13,000 old, high pressure sodium lights will be swapped out with LED fixtures.

Public Works director Nick Fiddler said people will notice the difference clearly.

The LED lights will be brighter and last longer in addition to being energy efficient.

Fiddler said the city estimates it will save more than $700,000 annually once the new lights are completely phased in.

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