LED Streetlight Conversion Project

In October, the City of Lincoln will begin replacing nearly 27,000 outdated high pressure sodium (HPS) and metal halide (MH) streetlights with fixtures utilizing light-emitting diode (LED) technology.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 is expected to be complete in one year.

Here's why Lincoln is converting 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 is being paid from the City cash fund. Lincoln has 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.


  • Schneider Electric's subcontractors will install the new streetlight fixtures and LES will continue to maintain the streetlight system.
  • It takes about 30 minutes to remove an old fixture and replace it with a new one.
  • Lights used for arterial streets and non-residential areas will have a color temperature of 4000 Kelvin (K). Lights used in residential neighborhoods will be 3000K. The color temperature expressed in degrees Kelvin is representative of the light spectrum (in common terms – brightness) of the light emitted by the fixture.
  • Schneider Electric will first be focusing on major arterial streets. Watch for a schedule of construction and related maps.
  • Visit LES to report streetlight issues.

Installation Schedule

October 8—18, 2018
  • N. 27th from Leighton Ave. to Superior Street
  • N. 14th from Adams to Fletcher Ave.
  • N. 48th from O St. to Superior Street
  • N. 48 north of Superior Street
  • 20th Street from Cornhusker Hwy. to Fairfield
  • Fairfield from 20th to 27th
  • Adams from 1st to 14th
  • Huntington from 33rd to 48th
  • Fletcher from 56th to 70th
  • Adams, east of 84th
  • Vine Street from 70th to 84th
  • Fletcher from 12th to 14th
  • N Street from Pinnacle Arena Drive to 27th


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