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Detroit residents say new LED street lights not bright enough

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DETROIT (WJBK) - Although Detroit residents are grateful for new street lights, they are concerned with the lack of coverage the new bulbs provide.

Residents say if a crime is committed to a car parked in the dark just outside the radius of the white LED street lights, it would be difficult to give descriptions of suspects or the vehicle.

Many residents are saying that the new bulbs make the streets at night darker, and that the bulbs shoot the light down like a spotlight. The old lights covered more distance, residents tell Fox 2.

"There was a drive-by shooting at 2 a.m. but since there were no lights, we could not see the car," says another resident.

In the last four months Detroit's Public Lighting Authority has installed 15,000 lights and by the next year expect to install 50,000 more.

Otis Jones, lighting authority CEO, urges Detroiters to be patient.

Residents who have questions or comments about the lighting can contact the Detroit Lighting Authority at http://www.pladetroit.org/.
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