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Cape town board to decide on brighter streetlights

June 24, 2013

PROVINCETOWN, Mass. (AP) — The streetlights could get brighter and less expensive in Provincetown on Cape Cod. And residents aren’t sure they want that.

The regional Cape Light Compact installed light-emitting diode demonstration streetlights in 17 towns over the winter.

The Cape Cod Times reports (http://bit.ly/14SINv4) that it’s part of a goal to retrofit the region’s 14,000 town-owned streetlights by 2014. The compact estimates a complete conversion to the newer, more efficient LED lights could save towns and counties $500,000 annually.

But the compact’s Kevin Galligan says residents of Provincetown have been, by far, the most active commenters about the change. He says since the town is a pedestrian-oriented village, people are wary about massive amounts of illumination.

The compact says the town could save $21,000 a year with the switch. Selectmen plan to vote on the issue Monday.

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