New York City might look a little different in the near future, thanks to a small, subtle update coming to its street lights.
The city’s current streetlight bulbs will soon be replaced with newer, energy-saving LED lights. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s official website published a statement about the PlaNYC initiative, calling it a “comprehensive, long-term sustainability program” that “aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from City government operations 30% by 2017.”
The LED lights will save $14 million in taxpayer dollars, according to the release. About $6 million of that will be saved in energy costs and $8 million in maintenance costs.
LED lights can last roughly 20 years, a great lifespan in comparison to the high-pressure sodium lights currently installed, which need replacing around every six years.
The transition will take place in three phrases, with the first scheduled to be completed in 2015. If all goes according to plan, the LED lights (for 250,000 street lights) will be in place by 2017. Some energy-efficient pedestrian lights have already been installed in Central Park.