Why do some streetlights turn purple in Central Florida?

Orlando, Florida. – By now, you’ve probably seen at least one streetlight turn a bluish-purple hue as you walk or drive at night.

No, they are not meant to be that color. While the lights still function as intended, there is a manufacturing defect that was recently identified, according to Duke Energy and Acuity Brands, the manufacturer of the lights.

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The effect occurred in a small percentage of American Electric Lighting fixtures with components that have not been sold in several years, according to an Acuity news release. Acuity said it is due to a “spectral shift caused by phosphor drift” that is typically seen years after installation.

β€œThe light output is in no way harmful or unsafe. As always, we stand behind the quality of our products and have been proactively working with customers who have experienced the issue to address any concerns,” Acuity said.

Street lights that have turned purple illuminate N John Young Parkway in Orlando. (Copyright 2022 by WKMG ClickOrlando – All Rights Reserved).

The Florida Department of Transportation said they are working with the manufacturer on replacing the lights, an issue they said is “not just being experienced here in Florida, but across the country.”

The department also said that while the lights are not the “desired color,” they do provide the intended safety benefits.

Duke Energy said that they believe the problem affects about 2,000 lights in their service territory in Florida.

We have been upgrading many of our older, less efficient lights with LED lighting in recent years and plan to continue this transition in the coming years.

While the vast majority of our LED lighting works very well in communities across the state, we have identified a small group of LED lights in our service that have gone from the standard white color to a deep purple. The color change is due to a manufacturing defect that was recently identified and is being fixed. The defect causes the color of the light to gradually turn purple. Otherwise the light still works.

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Duke Energy is replacing lights as they are identified and said that once an affected light is reported, the light is typically fixed within a few days.

A Duke Energy spokesperson said residents can request a street light repair by visiting their online street light repair tool.

Florida Power & Light said in a statement that customers can report streetlights displaying a purple color by calling 1-800-4-OUTAGE.

We are aware that some LED street lights emit a purple hue instead of the standard white light. Most importantly, these streetlights are safe and will not affect visibility. The purple hue is the result of a manufacturer defect and is affecting streetlights across the country. We are working with the manufacturer to replace the affected lights as necessary parts become available.

We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate our customers’ patience as we work to correct this issue. FPL remains committed to continually improving the service we provide to our customers.

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Street lights that have turned purple illuminate N John Young Parkway in Orlando. (Copyright 2022 by WKMG ClickOrlando – All Rights Reserved).

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