Faulty blue streetlight replacement continues in Lincoln

Don't get used to the cool hues of the messed up lights. They'll only be around a few more months.

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Those streetlights you may have seen around town in different shades of blue, purple, and indigo are on their way out. In fact, the City is about halfway done in the replacement process. But how did we get here?

The Lincoln LED streetlight conversion project ran from 2018 to 2019. Since that time,  some of the lights have quickly gone bad, all because of a manufacturing defect. That’s left them spitting out blue light, rather than the bright white they ought to shine.

It’s not just Lincoln facing this problem. Cities all around America are shining a little bluer than usual. What we do know here is that they won’t be around forever. According to a statement, “LTU has been in communication with the manufacturer and is working to replace the lights as quickly as possible”.

There are still a few months to go in that process. Luckily, taxpayers and ratepayers aren’t on the hook for this. The light manufacturer is footing the bill for the replacement units.

In the meantime, we are left with lights that are producing less light than they’re supposed to. While some people say this is a bit easier on the eyes, it does create a visibility problem for others. That said, the Lincoln Police Department, Lincoln Fire and Rescue, and the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office say they aren’t aware of any additional accidents caused by the lower visibility.

Ultimately, if you like the lights, enjoy them while you still can, and if you’re not a fan, you’ll be pleased to know the lights will be back to normal before long.

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