The City is in the midst of an energy efficiency project where we will be replacing all existing street lights with LED lights.  We would like to let the public know that in conjunction with this project, a company by the name of Tanko Lighting will be in town starting Tuesday, February 28 doing a physical audit of every street light within the City.  They will be walking throughout the city and examining each individual pole and light.  They should be wearing reflective clothing and will have identification confirming they are with Tanko Lighting.  Their vehicles will also be marked with the company logo.  The audit will take 3 – 4 weeks to complete.  Below you will find additional information, Frequently Asked Questions regarding this project:


Paris LED Streetlight Project  Frequently Asked Questions


  1. What kind of streetlights does Paris currently use?

Many of the streetlights currently used in Paris are High Pressure Sodium (HPS) lights while the rest are Light Emitting Diodes (LED).  While HPS is one of the most common streetlight technologies across the country, it has several drawbacks.  HPS streetlights are not very energy efficient, cast an orange light under which it is difficult to see color, and tend to produce light that is not of optimal quality.

  1. What are LED streetlights?

Light Emitting Diodes (LED) are a technology that has been used in solid state lighting for decades.  More recently, LED technology has advanced to streetlight applications. LED streetlights are extremely energy efficient, have long life spans, and produce a better color and quality of light than typical High Pressure Sodium (HPS) streetlights.

  1. What color of light are LED streetlight fixtures?

Contrary to the orange light that High Pressure Sodium (HPS) fixtures produce, LED streetlight fixtures are a cooler, white light under which it is easier to see true colors.

  1. Why do the new LED fixtures appear to be dimmer?

Although the new LED fixtures produce a different looking light than the HPS fixtures they replaced, they are not actually dimmer. HPS fixtures tend to produce a bright spot directly underneath the fixture, whereas LEDs create a more even pool of light across the ground or roadway. 

  1. Why is Paris doing an LED streetlight conversion project?

Paris is interested in reducing its energy consumption and maintenance costs associated with streetlighting. Installing LED streetlight fixtures will save energy, require less maintenance, and will provide citizens with better light quality on streets and roadways. The City also wishes to complete the LED conversion to create more consistent streetlighting throughout the City.

  1. How many streetlights is Paris replacing with the LED streetlight conversion project?

This project will replace approximately 2,527 streetlights throughout Paris, most of which are standard streetlights (called “cobra heads”.)

  1. How long will the project last?

The audit portion of the project will begin in late February/Early March and complete by the end of March.

  1. What are the benefits of the LED streetlight fixture project?

The benefits of this project to Paris include:

  • Reduced energy consumption resulting in energy savings and reduced Greenhouse Gas emissions
  • Reduced maintenance costs
  • Better visible light for Paris citizens 
  1. What is Paris doing with all of the streetlights it is removing?

The existing High Pressure Sodium (HPS) streetlights will be recycled in accordance with

Federal and state environmental guidelines.

  1. Who is the contact for additional questions about the LED streetlight conversion project?

For more information about the LED Streetlight Conversion project, please contact the City Business office at 731-641-1402.