The Seattle Channel covered the kickoff for a key LED streetlighting test that the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance is running in Ballard in cooperation with Seattle City Light, the Seattle Department of Transportation and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Municipal Solid State Street Lighting Consortium. In case you didn’t get to watch it live, you can now check it out in this video.
Testers hope to demonstrate that the higher quality of light from LED streetlights improves driver, bicyclist and pedestrian vision and safety so much over traditional high-pressure sodium lights that cities can reduce the volume of light they aim at their roads. This would save cities millions of dollars each year.
Another aspect of the test is to see how effective remote controls can be for adjusting light levels to meet traffic demands. This would further allow cities to dial down the amount of light when few cars are on the road, conserving electricity, reducing costs and enhancing the quality of life for nearby residents.
The test started March 6 and wraps up tonight.