Picking up the torch from the Bloomberg administration, New York City is proceeding with plans to retrofit the city’s 250,000 standard street lights with energy efficient LEDs (light-emitting diodes) by 2017.
Upcoming work will involve replacing about 24,400 lights along all major corridors including as the Belt Parkway, Grand Central Parkway, Cross Bronx Expressway, and other highways.
This will be included in the first phase of a three phase plan to replace the city’s standard “cobra head” high pressure sodium street lights across the five boroughs.
Following the replacement of the roadway lighting, the plan will also address decorative fixtures in the city’s business and commercial districts.
These actions will be among the last legacies of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration, before he left office. The mayor projected that the plan will save the city a yearly total of about $14 million when fully implemented – $6 million in annual energy savings and $8 million in maintenance savings.
The outgoing administration said compared to current standard bulbs which last about six years, the “LEDs can last up to 20 years before needing replacements, potentially producing up to an 80 percent savings on maintenance.”
This project is the first to receive a funding of $10 million through the Accelerated Conservation and Efficiency (ACE) initiative.