BURLINGTON, N.C. -- The city of Burlington spends about $600,000 a year to make sure its 5,000 light fixtures keep the streets bright and safe.
That's why when resident who live on Lincoln St. and in the surrounding neighborhoods complained about their aging mercury vapor lights--which barely work--the city listened.
"It's really dark down through here [on Lincoln St.]," said resident Denise Gattis.
Residents say the darkness only invites trouble.
"There's a lot of activity that goes on, on some of these streets and by it being dark, it's just a haven for it [crime]," resident Louise Graves said.
The city contacted Duke Power, who replaced the old lights with new high pressure sodium lights, which are twice as bright as the vapor lights.