If you haven’t done so already, you still have time to offer your opinion on the City of Chicago’s proposed new LED light fixtures. The City last month rolled out seven pilot sites to demonstrate the proposed lights and gather public comments.
One of the sites is located here in the 49th Ward in the area from Touhy to Chase and Ashland to Paulina, and I asked residents last month to offer me their opinions on the new lights.
The City of Chicago Department of Transportation is extending the time for Chicago residents to comment on the proposed lights. The new deadline for comment is Monday, January 9th.
LED light fixtures have been installed on Touhy Avenue between Ashland and Paulina to determine their effect on an arterial street. Paulina Street from Touhy to Chase has been outfitted with the new lights to ascertain their effect on a residential street. And the alley between Touhy and Chase, running from Ashland to Paulina, has received the new lights to study their effect on an alley.
Please visit the demonstration site after dark this week and complete this online survey to give the City feedback on this pilot lighting project.
As part of the Chicago Smart Lighting Project, the City this year plans to replace all its old high-powered sodium lights with energy efficient, long-lasting LED lights. The new lights will reduce the City’s carbon emissions and, by some estimates, could offer the City over 40 percent energy savings.
In order to get it right, the City is gathering input from experts and city residents. The City has selected lights with a color temperature of 3000 Kelvins, in compliance with an American Medical Association report issued last summer, which recommended that cities switching to LED lights use the lower color temperature lights.
In response to concerns about light pollution in Chicago, the proposed new lights also direct the light toward the streets and sidewalks and will not send light into the sky. The proposed lights are also compatible with shields, so if nearby residents experience undue light shining into their windows, the City can install a shield to correct that.
Finally, the City will be able to control the lights from a wireless central control network, allowing the City to dim lights in specific areas when needed. This lighting management system will also provide real time outage updates, greatly reducing the amount of time it takes for the City to respond to streetlight outages.
Residents can provide feedback about light quality, lighting levels and visibility, by using this online survey or by mail at:
CDOT Streetlight Demo
30 N. LaSalle St., Suite 1100
Chicago, IL 60602
For more information about the Chicago Smart Lighting Project, CLICK HERE.
Thank you for your help making Chicago’s future brighter.