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Brighter, energy-efficient lights installed in Haverhill

Posted at 8:23 PM, Jan 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-09 04:39:54-05

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. — Drivers will notice a brighter commute at night through a portion of Belvedere Road between Jog Road and Military Road because the town of Haverhill is switching out streetlights to LED lights.

"You may not notice that you’re in the town of Haverhill, but you know that it’s brighter at a certain point and I think that’s important because it’s doing its job," said Daniel Sohn, a town councilman in Haverhill.

Florida Power and Light is converting 77 light fixtures in Haverhill to LED lights, including the town's lights along Belvedere Road.

FPL says LED lights are 50 percent more efficient, which leads to both cost and energy savings.

“The town has more dollars to do more for our residents and then saving the environment a little bit," Sohn said.

FPL been converting lights for municipalities across the state since late 2017. So far, the company has changed out more than 25,000 lights.

“It’s a little bit brighter out here than it is normally with the yellow lights that come out and it looks a lot better," said Chris Padgett, pastor at Abundant Life Church of God in Haverhill.

Padgett is even changing out the lighting in the parking lot at his church, which he recently took over, to LED lights.

"They’re cost efficient. It makes it better. It also makes it brighter," Padgett said.

Lake Worth and Palm Beach Gardens have also converted streetlights to LED lights.