By ALINA SURIEL
The Village of Bronxville is moving forward with plans to replace the bulbs of all of its downtown streetlamps with LED lights.
A recent study completed by Lynstaar Engineering of Pleasantville has equipped the village with the information it needs to begin to decide how best to move forward with the project. The study surveyed and evaluated streetlamps in the downtown area, how much wattage they currently use, and how much energy each lamp uses. The company then made recommendations to the village based on the information gathered in its analysis.
Village Administrator James Palmer said while the village has already retrofitted 66 of its streetlamps with LED bulbs, the goal of this initiative is to have all 157 downtown streetlights working with the new technology.
Retrofitting involves switching out old incandescent bulbs in a streetlamp for a new LED powered bulb without changing the wiring, lamp fixture or the actual pole holding up a streetlamp.
According to Energy Star, an organization created by the Environmental Protection Agency, LEDs, or light–emitting diodes, are semiconductor devices that produce visible light when an electrical current is passed through them. LED lighting is more efficient because it is a targeted, directional light source, unlike incandescent bulbs, which waste energy by emitting light and heat in all directions.
Village officials have not decided if the remaining incandescent lamps will be retrofitted with LED bulbs, or if the village will undergo a more extensive upgrade, which could potentially see Bronxville getting new lamps, fixtures, poles and even possibly underground conduit wiring.
As the depth of the project is still undetermined, at this time it is unknown what the cost of the new lighting will be, but it would cost around $43,000 to simply retrofit the incandescent bulbs, and could cost over a $1 million to revamp the entire system according to Palmer.
The source of funding for this project has not been finalized, but Village Trustee Robert Underhill, a Republican, said it is likely much of it would come from the village itself as part of its capital expenditure. Palmer also said the village is seeking out other potential funding resources, such as the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.
According to its website, the development authority is a public benefit corporation which “offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise and funding to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy and reduce reliance on fossil fuels.”
The development authority partners with smaller, local groups, such as the Westchester Energy Action Consortium—of which the Village of Bronxville is a member—to spread its information.