North King Street in Kalihi is looking a whole lot brighter after new LED street lights were put in place on Tuesday.
This comes after three fatal pedestrian accidents in that area this year.
"Three in a row at three consecutive sidewalks. That's a concern!" said the City Director of the Department of Transportation Services Mike Formby.
The area around the intersection of North School Street and Gulick Avenue is known as one of Honolulu's busiest streets and also one of the most dangerous.
The latest death happened when a pedestrian was struck and killed by a bus during the dark morning hours.
The city is now looking to make it safer by switching out street lights.
"Making sure that we design our streets not just for cars, but all of us pedestrians in mind," said Mayor Kirk Caldwell.
The Department of Transportation Services replaced five sodium-vapor lights with LED ones. They cost more, but use 40 percent less energy.
But, perhaps the most important factor is one you gauge with your eyes.
Transportation officials say you can really tell the difference when you look at the historical ones next to the LEDs. The new lights are strong and directional -- the older ones give off a weak beam.
It's sort of a diffused light. If you come down at night, you can see the store are basically lit up just as much as the streets," said Formby.
City officials say it's part of a plan to change 50,000 Oahu street lights to LEDs through a unique partnership.
"We're looking at having a private company. They would hire the people. They would put it up and we would pay them through energy savings," said Caldwell.
But, city officials say it's not only about lighting on the roadways -- both drivers and pedestrians need to walk and drive safely. On Tuesday, dozens of supporters have been taking that very message to the site of the fatal pedestrian accidents.
The group who were out waving signs also passed out blinkers and reflective wristbands to pedestrians in Kalihi.