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Scarsdale Extends LED Lighting Pilot Program Into 2017

Scarsdale is set to install LED streetlights on three village roads before expanding the project i Photo Credit: Courtesy of Flickr user Ausgrid
The locations of the LED streetlights installed through the pilot program. Photo Credit: Village of Scarsdale

SCARSDALE, N.Y. - With the initial deadline for a pilot study of LED lighting on high-volume Scarsdale streets, officials are recommending that the village extend the program into next year, when a more efficient fixture may be available.

Last year, the Scarsdale Board of Trustees established an Ad-Hoc Committee on LED Streetlights, which recommended that the trustees move forward with a three-month pilot program that involved installing the lights at locations with “town and county post-top fixtures.”

The original pilot program was scheduled to conclude on Wednesday, Oct. 12, but the Committee recommended pushing that to early 2017, when manufacturers will have materials to make improvements to the lighting.

Initially, lights were outfitted on Post Road, Mamaroneck Road, Heathcote Road and Weaver Street. In the next phase of the program, contractors will concentrate on parts of the Crane Berkeley and Secor Farms areas, as well as a few other streets throughout the village, according to officials.

The new fixtures will feature improved optics to better distribute light on roadways, improved LEDs that produce a more uniform light color, additional color options and updated installation brackets to address potential damage to fixtures during installation.

By installing the LED streetlights, the committee hopes to improve visibility on streets at night, reduce costs to the village and taxpayers for electricity-related costs, limit the amount of local maintenance required and conserve energy.

The committee is again seeking input from the community regarding the LED lighting and the pilot program. When they opened up the public discussion following the first phase, they received just 11 emails.

“Resident feedback is important to the committee in helping determine how the project moves forward, and we hope to hear from everyone in the village,” they said in a joint statement.

Those interested in commenting or questioning the LED streetlight program in the village can do so by emailing or dropping off written correspondence at Village Hall in the LED comment box located on the first floor counter.

"The Scarsdale LED Pilot Project is still underway for the next month, and resident feedback about the lights remains important," Deputy Village Manager Robert Cole said. "Identifying signage has been affixed to each of the LED poles and residents are encouraged to provide feedback and ask questions about the lights."

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