STAUNTON, Va. (WVIR) - Wednesday, June 12, was the culmination of years of work for the Bright Lights Project in Staunton.

With community support, the Staunton Downtown Development Association (SDDA) raised $25,000 to upgrade the lighting in and around the downtown corridor.

Three-dozen street lamps were retrofitted with LED bulbs.

Julie Markowitz, the director of the SDDA, says the bulbs provide 40% more light and they're Dark-Sky compliant, which reduces light pollution.

"Having all these people willing to invest in the SDDA, in downtown, in the promise of this project that took two years to do, is an amazing feeling and it really makes a big difference on the streets,” Markowitz said. “The lighting is so much more even now. “It looks really good. It makes downtown look good and it feels safer."

Markowitz says the SDDA hopes to do more green projects like this in the future.