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In an effort to reduce its electricity costs and help the environment, Everett is converting its street lights to more energy efficient versions.

The project, which began this past week and will be completed by the end of March, involves removing the existing high pressure sodium lamps and replacing them with longer-lasting LED lamps.

All 2,400 of the city’s street lights are being converted, including the standard cobra head lights and a small number of decorative flood lights.

In advance of the project, Everett recently acquired the street lights from National Grid for the nominal price of $1.

City officials note that in addition to being more energy efficient, the LED fixtures produce a higher quality of light than high pressure sodium ones, allowing the human eye to see more details and colors. They also emit light more evenly, reducing light pollution and the amount of light that shines into the windows of residential homes.

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The city contracted with Tanko Lighting to undertake the $400,000 project, which officials estimate will save the city approximately $345,000 in annual energy costs and prevent 530,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions per year.


John Laidler can be reached at laidler@globe.com.