New Street Light

New Street Light

Albany CA. 2010

I just noticed tonight that the street light right outside our house is different. It is is very white, almost blue light, and almost looks like LED. Then I noticed that several, but not all, of the street lights in the neighborhood have been replaced. It is easy to tell, because the contrast with the old yellowish sodium lights is striking.

I thought a web search was in order to see if this was part of something significant. Sure enough, I found the following information in this PDF:

The City will be replacing all “cobra head” street lights in Albany from High‐pressure sodium vapor (HPSV) to LED. Approximately $400,000 in Federal Stimulus Funds (ARRA funds) for energy efficiency will be utilized for this project. This project has many “green” benefits including:

  • CO2 reduction: 170,042 Kg/year
  • Energy savings: 324,506 kWh/year
  • First Year Cost savings: $28,374

They will be replacing over 600 of the old sodium lights. There’s also a lot said about improved visibility. It definitely seems much brighter out there. I hope it is not too much, since our bedroom window faces the street. On the other hand, I do like the quality of light much better than those terrible orangey sodium-vapor lights. It’ll make mundane neighborhood night photography much more fun.

Brighton Night

Brighton Ave, Albany CA, 2010.