Public Lighting Authority to begin LED street light installation in east side Detroit neighborhood

DETROIT (AP) - The city's Public Lighting Authority will begin installing LED street lights in an east side Detroit neighborhood.

The first of the lights will be put in place Wednesday afternoon at Greiner and Hamburg streets.

Mayor Mike Duggan and lighting authority executive director Odis Jones are expected to outline changes to Detroit's overall plan to illuminate the city. Fewer than half of Detroit's 88,000 streetlights are believed to work.

The authority says LED lights are 150 watts -- more than twice as bright as the standard 70 watt high pressure sodium lights.

In September, crews began a block-by-block review of streetlights in two demonstration areas. New lights are expected to be installed in those neighborhoods by the end of May.

Officials say all Detroit neighborhoods should have updated lights by the end of 2015.

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