Crews have swapped out nearly 20,000 faulty streetlights, starting on heavily trafficked thoroughfares before moving next into neighborhoods, according to a Monday news release.
The lighting authority, which maintains the city’s street lighting infrastructure, started replacing the bad streetlights in June, a month after filing a lawsuit against manufacturer San Jose, Calif.-based Leotek Electronics USA LLC.
The issue was identified when PLA noticed an “excessive number of calls” regarding the faulty lights as well as through routine surveys of the lighting system in which inspectors confirmed the unusual deterioration and “burnout” rate from the Leotek lights.
A number of randomly selected Leotek lights were assessed, revealing a systemwide failure, the release said.
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Source: Detroit lighting authority finishes replacing 20,000 faulty streetlights