Brighter lights appearing along NYC streets and bridges

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If you’ve noticed brighter street lights in and around the major roadways of New York City, you aren’t seeing things.

The Mayor and Departement of Transportation announced a plan to change all 250,000 street lights to LED energy efficient lights by 2017.

The estimated cost savings is $14 million.

“With roughly a quarter-million street lights in our City, upgrading to more energy efficient lights is a large and necessary feat,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “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.”

“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,” said Commissioner Sadik-Khan. “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.”

Street light problems are among the top things New Yorkers report to 311. Neighbors complain some broken and burned out lights remain that way for months.

A check of the 311 Service Map reveals hundreds of broken light reports in areas outside of main business corridors.

After a study in 2009, the city reports LED fixtures on the FDR Drive and in Central Park showed significant energy savings, up to 50% and 83%.