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Clearwater, Florida -- Starting this week, the City of Clearwater and Duke Energy contractors will be replacing all of the city's 11,290 existing streetlights from standard incandescent light bulbs to LED bulbs.

The process is expected to take up to 15 months. When complete, the city's entire street lighting network will be converted to smarter technology at no additional cost to the city.

The project will begin in the Countryside area sometime around the end of August or first of September, and crews will work south and west until the project is complete.

There will be very minimal impact to residents throughout this conversion process, as all work will be done in roadways. Residents will see uniformed Duke Energy contractors wearing reflective vests and badges that identify themselves as working with Duke Energy.

"I'm pleased that with Duke Energy, we're able to convert all of the city's streetlights to LED," said Paul Bertels, Traffic Operations Manager. "This will enhance safety and lend to a more aesthetically pleasing look along Clearwater's streets and roadways."

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