The town of Milton will start converting more than 3,300 street lights to LED fixtures and plans to finish this fall.
“We’d love to be done before the clocks go back,” said Town Administrator Michael Dennehy.
He said the project is expected to cost about $750,000 but will save the town both energy and money — with the annual electric bill for street lights going from $180,000 down to about $50,000.
Dennehy, who oversaw the conversion of Boston’s street lights while public works commissioner there, said LEDs last far longer and reduce maintenance costs.
“These should recoup some decent money for the taxpayers,” he said. “We’re looking forward to having the town greener.”
As far as complaints in other towns about the blueness of LED lights, Dennehy said the technology has improved and people will get used to them.
“It becomes the norm shortly after installation,” he said.
There’s a trend toward using LED street lights, said Patrick Roche, a clean-energy strategist at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council.
He said all of Cape Cod has been retrofitted, as well as at least 30 other municipalities in Eastern Massachusetts.
“In general, the communities that have retrofitted are seeing the energy savings and generally seem to be happy about the change,” he said.Johanna Seltz can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.