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Residents Take Notice as LED Streetlights Take Over L.A.

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Have you noticed a difference in your streetlights yet? In some parts of the city, that yellow tint is gone, now replaced with a colder, bluer and more eco-friendly ones. In 2009 Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, standing next to former President Bill Clinton, announced a new streetlight program to retrofit all of the city's 140,000 streetlight fixtures with energy-saving light-emitting diode (LED) ones.

As of last February, around 9,000 lights had been replaced, mostly in the Northwest Valley, but last week, the L.A. City Council approved moving on with the project, even giving some additional funds to accelerate it.

In Venice last week, residents began to see the difference, but not all were happy about it. "I feel like I am living in Time Square now, my livingroom and bedroom feel like they have flood lights shinning in the windows now," said one commenter in the Yo! Venice forum. "This sucks."