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City of South Bend installing LEDs into street lights

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You may notice some changes in the street lights in South Bend-- and it will save you money.

The city is installing LEDs when the current lights burn out.

Crews were doing that on Olive Street Monday.

The new lights cost about the same but last 10 to 15 years. That's a lot longer than sodium bulbs.

Right now, the city is putting in about 100 lights and hopes to do at least that many next year.

"It will be a little more normal light, which also has some safety benefits. So you can see a little bit better in the light that these LEDs generate, it's more like a daylight. And we can fit them to the existing poles,” said Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

The city owns about 4,000 street lights. All of the Smart Streets project has LEDs.

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