Kansas City Dims LED Streetlights After Environmental Activist Outcry

Our blog community reported this concern about a year ago . . .

Here's a progress report and a bit of a change amid environmentalist concern . . .

Maggie Green, media relations manager for Kansas City, said there were many reasons the city ultimately chose to move forward with 3000K lights instead of the 4000K that was initially proposed.

“We do have a desire to create a more natural light—on the actual color scale the 3,000k is warmer or more natural than 4000K,” says Green. “Another reason was wanting to have a unified color temperature across all the streetlights and the conversion project instead of a hybrid between two. And, of course, minimizing the impact and interruption to wildlife is another reason that we ultimately decided to pursue 3000 Kelvin.

Green says the city took calls from Lawrence and Overland Park to hear about what worked for those specific cities during their respective streetlight conversions before making their decision to use only 3000K lights.

Activists were elated to hear that the city was moving forward with a more environmentally-friendly choice in color temperature.

Read more via www.TonysKansasCity.com news link . . .

After pushback from environmental groups, Kansas City makes adjustments to its streetlight conversion plan

Streetlights along a stretch of road in Kansas City. // Photo courtesy City of Kansas City In January, the Kansas City Council voted 11-1 to replace 84,000 of the city's streetlights with energy-efficient LED bulbs. The ordinance contracts Black & McDonald to conduct the replacement beginning in May.