DETROIT (from MLive.com) — The 65,000 new LED streetlights installed in Detroit over the last three years make the city shine brighter than Cleveland, Lansing and other surrounding cities visible from space.
NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough on Sunday, Jan. 15 tweeted a nighttime photo of the region from the International Space Station.
The photo shows the effect of the lights, which Detroit’s Public Lighting Authority installed from 2014 through 2016.
It’s the largest city in the U.S. lit entirely with LED streetlights.
The lights are twice as bright and efficient as the old lamps.
In Kimbrough’s photo, Detroit can be seen as a cluster of white lights, while other cities appear more yellow.
Detroit, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Flint, Saginaw, Jackson, Windsor, Port Huron, Toledo and Cleveland can all be identified in the image from space.
The final LED bulb in Detroit’s massive lighting overhaul was installed in December 2016, a year ahead of schedule.
Before the LED lights, 40 percent of the city’s 88,000 lights weren’t functioning. Some neighborhoods were entirely in the dark.