NYC Mayor Bloomberg [recently] announced that all 250,000 of New York City’s street lights will be replaced with energy efficient, light-emitting diodes (LEDs) by 2017.
The move, which was announced by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, will reduce energy consumption and maintenance costs in NYC. It comes as part of PlaNYC, the city’s strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from city government operations 30% by 2017.
The replacement of the 250,000 street lights is expected to be the biggest retrofit in the US and save around US$6 million in energy and US$8 million in maintenance costs a year, due to the more efficient, longer-lasting design of LED lights.
Mayor Bloomberg made the announcement on Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn, an area of NYC where the transition to LEDs is estimated to save over US$70,000 a year. He said: “With roughly a quarter-million street lights in our City, upgrading to more energy efficient lights is a large and necessary feat. It will save taxpayers millions of dollars, move us closer to achieving our ambitious sustainability goals, and help us to continue reducing City government’s day-to-day costs and improving its operations.”
Commissioner Sadik-Khan added: “Using LEDs for street lighting is more than just a bright idea, it’s a necessity for sustainable cities to operate more efficiently while also delivering clearer, better quality light for New Yorkers.From our parks to our bridges and to our streets and highways, these 250,000 lights will brighten New York City’s streetscapes for generations to come.”
The Climate Group partnered with the New York City Department of Transportation in 2009 to collect data on the performance of LED fixtures on the FDR Drive and Central Park as part of our LightSavers program. The results showed that LEDs saved up to 80% energy compared to traditional lighting.
DOT has since expanded its LED deployment across Central Park, the East River bridges, Eastern Parkway and Williamsburg Bridge.