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City to install 53,000 LED street lights across Oahu

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HONOLULU -

O'ahu's street lights set to undergo a major makeover starting Monday.

The city plans to convert 53,000 street lights island-wide into LED lights.

City officials say new ones will last longer than traditional lights. 

Ala Moana Regional Park already got the upgrade.

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell hopes these brighter lights, will help keep the community safe.

He also says the new lights also have a 60 percent energy savings.  

"Besides not contributing to climate change, we're actually going to be saving a lot of money and we're going to be more energy efficient," Caldwell said.

It will cost $46.6 million to make the changeover, but the city says the lights will save up to $5 million a year, and will pay for the project over time.

The project will kick off on O'ahu's north shore first and is expected to be complete by December 2019.

Alan Lee, project manager, says installing a new light can be as quick as 20 minutes. 

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