Big changes may be coming to a street near you: the City of New York recently announced plans to outfit all 250,000 LED street lanterns by 2017. The net savings to the city is estimated at 14 million dollars per year, and the characteristic orange-tinted glow (seen in the fabulous photo above by Kenneth Rockwell) may soon appear whiter. 

LA LED Street Lights

I'll never forget the first time I realized the street lamp outside my house had been replaced by an LED filament (my hometown of Los Angeles recently completed the retrofitting of more than 141,000 lights). The light was bright, clear and best of all, didn't have the hum or flicker of the old high-pressure sodium lamps. As the nation's largest cities realize the savings of LED, it's likely we'll see more and more municipalities follow suit.

And with that may come wider adoption in home and commercial settings as well. LEDs have made their way into all outdoor styles, from cozy barn wall lights to these LED retro street lanterns:

Royal Solar Bronze LED Triple Lamp PostSolar LED Black Outdoor Lamp Post

Easy to maintain. Reduction of carbon emissions. Saving money. With LED retrofit options for everything from street lights to recessed ceiling lights, LED is fast becoming a no-brainer...for the heads of cities and the heads of households alike.

Images: Ken Rockwell, Forbes