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In October, the City of Lincoln will begin replacing nearly 27,000 outdated high pressure sodium (HPS) and metal halide (MH) streetlights with fixtures utilizing light-emitting diode (LED) technology.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.
  • Visit LES to report streetlight issues.

December 10-21

LED Streetlight Conversion Project Installation Report

Week of December 10
  • Cornhusker Hwy.: I-80 to N. 48th St.
  • 'O' St; NW 56th St. to N. 27th St.
  • S. 40th St.; Old Cheney to Pine Lake Rd.
  • Old Cheney Rd.; S. 56th to S. 70th St.
  • N. 10th St.; Military Rd. to 'U' St.
  • Residential Streets from N. 10th to N. 14th; Morton to Turtle Creek.
  • Residential Streets from N. 7th to N. 14th; W. Fletcher to W. Alvo Rd.
  • Residential Streets from N. 49th to N 56th; Alvo Rd. south.
  • Residential Streets from N. 1st to NW 27th; Hwy. 34 to W. Alvo Rd.
  • Residential Streets from NW 56th to NW 41st; W. Adams to W. Holdrege St.
  • Residential Streets from SW 40th to Hwy. 77; W. 'A' St. to W. Van Dorn St.)
  • Residential Streets from S. 56th to S. 70th; Pioneers to Old Cheney Rd.
Week of December 17
  • Hwy. 2; S. 14th St. to S. 70th St.
  • 'L' St.; S. 9th St. to S. 16th St.
  • 'K' St.; S. 9th St. to S. 16th St.
  • 'M' St.; S. 9th St. to S. 18th St.
  • 'N' St.; S. 9th St. to S. 18th St.
  • 'O' St.; 9th St. to 17th St.
  • 'Q' St.; N. 9th St. to N. 17th St.
  • 'P' St.; N. 9th St. to N. 17th St.
  • Cornhusker Hwy.; N. 33rd St. to I-80
  • Residential Streets in the area from Havelock Ave. to Holdrege St.; N. 70th St. to N. 84th St.
  • Residential Streets in the area from Havelock Ave. to 'O' St.; N. 84th St. to east City Limits.
  • Residential Streets in the area from Old Cheney Rd. to Pine Lake Rd.; S. 40th St. to S. 56th St.
  • Residential Streets in the area from Pine Lake Rd. to Yankee Hill Rd.; S. 27th St. to S. 40th St.


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