published Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

‘Green’ street lighting approved by Chattanooga City Council


by Cliff Hightower
Don Lepard’s Global Green Lighting Inc. designed and installed these old-fashioned light fixtures with very modern lights on the Walnut Street Bridge.
Don Lepard’s Global Green Lighting Inc. designed and installed these old-fashioned light fixtures with very modern lights on the Walnut Street Bridge.
Photo by John Rawlston.

The streets of Chattanooga will be a little greener.

The City Council voted 6-2 Tuesday night on a $6 million contract for "green" light-emitting diode lighting to be installed throughout Chattanooga

“You should see the first ones four to six months after the contract is signed,” said Don Lepard, president of Global Green Lighting LLC.

The council has debated for a month about the street lighting. Some council members said they wanted more lighting and some said they wanted less. The council voted on a compromise — 5,200 lights will be installed during a first phase. Additional phases will be added as money is available.

Ultimately, about 27,000 lights will be installed.

For more information, read tomorrow’s Times Free Press.

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