Gallery: New York City to Install Super-Efficient LED Streetlamps


Over the past year we’ve been thoroughly impressed with New York’s ever-lengthening list of green credentials. The Big Apple already has a plastic bag tax, an amazing mass transit system, LEED certified skyscrapers, and car free zones, and we’re excited to announce that NYC will soon be installing a new breed of super-efficient LED street lamps. The new units will be tested this coming year in a select area, and if successful, one day all of New York’s 300,000 lights will be replaced with new LED versions.

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  1. Nikole Rought September 14, 2011 at 7:59 am

    Thanks for taking the time to write down this post. It is been very helpful. It couldn’t have arrive at a much better time for me!

  2. Widget January 1, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    chrisp68:I don’t think solar energy + batteries will be a good solution. Remember these should not need much maintainance.

  3. tworthy December 30, 2008 at 10:17 am

    Just a note, OVI is the lighting designer on this project, the lead designer (responsible for the shape of the luminaire and the modified pole and base) is Thomas Phifer and Partners ( and the structural engineer is Werner Sobek

    The design stems from a competition held in 2004 and is not intended to replace all the streetlights, but simply to provide a more modern design to be installed in areas that make sense aesthetically.

  4. chrisp68 December 29, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    They need to go farther… Is there any plan to use solar energy to power the lights? They could charge during the day. Also, could motion detection be incorporated? Most residential streets don’t see any traffic late at night and thus lighting is not needed during these times.

  5. judyannacan December 29, 2008 at 8:22 am

    New York did not pass the plastic bag tax and we recycle a very small percentage of our trash.
    However, we did plant one million trees.

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