MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Macon city leaders are looking into alternative street light options, but they're not flipping the switch just yet.
On Tuesday, Macon City Council members met with representatives from Phillips about swapping out the street lamps for LED bulbs. During the work session, the company explained that the new bulbs are a brighter option and could help reduce the city's budget and potentially lower crime rates. If approved the new fixtures could be fitted on the existing poles and would save the city more than $10,000 annually.
But in the midst of the consolidation transition, council members say the bright idea may need to be put on hold.
"I'm not sure if it's the right time to be talking about retrofitting all of our outside light fixtures all the way up and down the street. I'd like to do it, I'd certainly like to save money, but I'm just not sure this would be the right time to talk about that kind of capital expenditure," said Macon city council member Rick Hutto.
The council is considering all of their options, including solar, before they make a decision on alternative lighting.
"There are many advantages to LED lighting, including the savings and more creative options of lighting," said Macon Mayor Robert Reichert, "we are encouraging this if it's feasible."