Sound Off: Are the city and Westar going to launch a program to replace streetlights with LED bulbs to save energy?
Chad Luce, Westar Energy’s manager for customer and community relations, provided this answer: Westar continues to examine and test alternatives, including LED, for streetlights the company leases to the city of Lawrence. In Lawrence, that includes more than 3,500 lights. While LEDs use less energy than the high-pressure sodium lights that are currently installed, it is tremendously costly to replace fixtures, ballasts and lamps. As LED costs continue to fall, they will be a viable consideration in the future.