LED Streetlight Conversion

We’ve been hearing several positive comments from residents lately, regarding the Xcel Energy conversion to light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs in all of the cobra head style streetlights in Eden Prairie.

Here’s what a couple residents had to say:

  • I would just like to thank the city leaders, city utility and public works personnel for the street lamp upgrades in my area of the city. I was laid up for a while medically and hadn’t been out at night in some time.  I was really impressed with the new street lamps.  Much brighter and better coverage.
  • Hi Rick – just wanted to thank you (and all of your staff) for the recent updates to the street lighting. Brighter bulbs make for much more visibility when it comes to both walking (which I do twice daily, typically early morning and late evening, when it is dark) and for driving. A great improvement!

Xcel Energy received approval from the Public Utilities Commission in January, and began to replace high pressure sodium (HPS) bulbs on cobra head style streetlights in March. The project is now complete, and we’re happy with the results as well!

LED streetlights are more durable, longer-lasting and cost effective than traditional lights. They can also enhance public safety by delivering superior visible light while providing the environmental advantage of using less energy.

There is no up-front cost to the City for this conversion, and we expect a 4 to 5-percent savings in monthly utility billing at locations where LED lights are installed. 

We also had one resident ask this:

  • I see you are changing a lot of the street lights to LED light are there any plans to do residential neighborhoods and side streets in the near future so they do not look all orange anymore?

And while this LED conversion is for cobra head style street lights only, Eden Prairie has been diligently requesting that Xcel Energy pursue a similar LED retrofit program for these decorative street lights, which make up the remaining 80 percent of street lights in our community.


  1. Bill C
    Posted April 28, 2017 at 5:03 pm | Permalink

    Rick, I’d like to see a cover on the decorative street lamps to point the light straight down where it’s needed, instead of everywhere causing light pollution. The glare right into our bedroom and other windows of our house.

    My second request is for a warm hue to the led bulbs. Please see this article regarding health concerns: http://www.startribune.com/minneapolis-st-paul-hope-leds-are-a-bright-idea/387109721/

  2. john
    Posted April 28, 2017 at 5:43 pm | Permalink

    Those lights look awful. Please don’t replace our street lights until an acceptable color light is available. The soft amber light is much more pleasant. The cold white color is the very reason my wife hates LED.

  3. Posted May 3, 2017 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

    The new lights are WONDERFUL!Saving energy is only one part. Reducing light pollution is the other. I don’t feel like I live on a farm anymore, not that farms are bad, only very lite up!