New York City will soon be installing LED street lamps. The city plans to test six lights this coming year but there is no word yet on their locations, Inhabitat.com reports.
The city’s Department of Transportation is working closely with the Office for Visual Interaction to design these new street lamps. Instead of just designing a bulb to replace the high-pressure sodium light bulbs, OVI is re-envisioning the street lamps.
For example, instead of shining directly below the lamp, each lamp is expected to have at least 2 light sources pointed in different directions to light the street.
If all of New York’s 300,000 lights are replaced with new LED versions, it is expected to reduce the city’s power usage by 25 percent to 30 percent. In addition, the LED bulbs are expected to last 60,000 to 70,000 hours and are expected to pay for itself in two to three years.
In November, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed a 6-cent surcharge for plastic shopping bags.
Earlier this year, the city required commercial stores to keep their doors closed when operating air conditioning systems.