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Street Lamps to Lose Garish Yellow Glow

By Chuck Sudo in News on Aug 6, 2011 3:00PM

The City Department of Transportation announced they'll be replacing the current yellow glowing sodium-vapor street lamps across the city with more energy efficient metal-halide lights that cast a white glow and shine brighter on city streets. When completed the switch will save the city $1.8 million in electrical costs and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 15,000 metric tons. Anyone still want to further the "Richard Daley was a green mayor" myth?

CDOT spokesman Brian Steele said that, when the switch is completed, We're going to lose that orange glow from the sky that's so familiar to people flying in to Chicago. The replacements are being funded via an Energy Department grant.