LED Streetlight Conversion Project

In October 2018, the City of Lincoln began replacing nearly 27,000 outdated high pressure sodium (HPS) and metal halide (MH) streetlights with fixtures utilizing light-emitting diode (LED) technology. The City Council approved the $12.2 million project in early June. The conversion was completed in October 2019.

Here's why Lincoln converted to LEDs

  • The new fixtures are projected to provide the City with significant annual energy and maintenance savings.
  • On average, LEDs last 15 to 20 years or more. HPS and MH fixtures last 5.5 years.
  • White LED light is superior to yellow HPS and MH light, meaning drivers will see pedestrians, signs, the road, and other drivers better.
  • LED light is more precisely focused, which improves night sky quality and eliminates light wasted on unintended areas.
  • LEDs are projected to reduce the City's annual energy use by 10.7 million kilowatt hours (kWh) annually, and remove 3.9 million pounds of carbon from the atmosphere. This is equivalent to planting 180,891 trees or removing 1,224 cars from the road. (10.7 million kWh would power your home for 972 years.)

Streetlight Comparison

Both photos taken at 9 p.m., Tuesday, September 19, with an iPhone 6. Camera is 50 paces away from the subjects. No filters or photo editing were used.

Regular sodium streetlight
22nd and Garfield streets
LED streetlight
23rd and Garfield streets


    The conversion project was paid for with the City cash fund. Lincoln entered into an energy service performance contract with Schneider Electric of Carrollton, TX to fund the project from energy and maintenance savings. The $12.2 million cost is projected to be repaid in in 10 to 12 years dependent upon future adjustments to Lincoln Electric System's (LES) energy and maintenance rates.


    Submit questions about the project to Frank Uhlarik, Sustainability and Compliance Administrator, at fuhlarik@lincoln.ne.gov.