In fact, in 2013 the city of LA decided to replace their high-pressure sodium street lights with LEDs. This made a big difference on the way LA appears on camera, away from that distinctive yellow hue. The LEDs give LA a brand-new look in the age of digital film making.
Not only did this Hollywood scenery get a complete “make over”, but they are also estimating a direct $7M savings and an additional $2.5M in avoided maintenance costs AN-NU-AL-LY! Lighting a city is serious business, it’s a necessity and accounts for up to 40% of a city’s electricity bill!
Here are some photos that illustrate the major difference in lighting technologies: