Bozeman, MDT address ‘bright streetlight problem’ in area through study

BOZEMAN — As the city of Bozeman grows, so does the need for street lights. But some recently installed street lights are causing problems.

“The national standards, frankly, haven’t caught up with the technology,” says Shawn Kohtz, city engineer for the City of Bozeman.

Kohtz says issues with brightness started nearly three years ago.

“We changed our street lighting standard from high-pressure sodium-based light to an LED light and the reason why we did that was that LED lights are a lot more efficient,” Kohtz says. “It turns out we don’t need as much light with LED lights to actually see the road effectively.”