(WSB photos and video by Cliff DesPeaux)
Under one of the LED streetlights that are being tested on a few blocks in the Genesee-Schmitz area, that’s City Councilmember Bruce Harrell, leading a tour last night to talk about the new lights, as the city moves ahead with plans to swap out all streetlights for energy-/money-saving LEDs within 5 years. Click ahead for more details, including a quick video demonstration of the difference between the new lights and the “old” ones, plus information on when they’ll be shining along your street:
The tour began with a presentation at Lighting Design Lab, including the new-vs.-old demonstration in that clip. The goal: To show the difference between the light cast by the streetlights widely in use now and the future LEDs. The city has tested the lights in several other areas of town, including Capitol Hill and South Park, according to Seattle City Light streetlight-engineering manager Ed Smalley, whose presentation follows opening comments by Councilmember Harrell in this clip:
The city will replace all 40,000 streetlights with LED lamps between now and the end of 2014, and City Light’s Scott Thomsen tells WSB our area will be covered in 2012-2013 – much of West Seattle just got new conventional streetlights a few years ago, so there’s no sense tossing those out immediately. They’ll be installed this summer in Ballard, South Green Lake, Eastlake and the U-District. For now, if you want to go see them in action in West Seattle, check out the area visited during last night’s tour – 53rd and 54th SW, between Charlestown and Dakota (map) – where you can see new/old side by side here:
Other cities installing LED streetlights, Harrell says, include Los Angeles, San Francisco and Anchorage.