New York City might be the city that never sleeps, but some people are trying to fight the city on its tendency to leave its lights on. In the past, it seemed like the city was always moving and bustling because the office buildings were always lit up. However, Councilman Donovan Richards wants to change that for the sake of the city’s carbon footprint.
According to the New York Post, Richards has introduced legislation that would require owners of about 40,000 commercial buildings to turn off their lights at night. The idea behind this legislation is to reduce greenhouse emission by 80% by 2050. Any building that lets its lights on overnight will pay a $1,000 fine. So far, the Empire State Building has been given an exemption.
Many building owners are already complaining that it would ruin the look of their business and of the city:
“Lighting in our commercial buildings is important for our city’s productivity, and for the safety of our tenants, staff and neighbors,” Real Estate Board of New York Vice President Angela Sung Pinsky testified at a council hearing.
However, there are many supporters for the cause as well, including architectural historian Sandy Isenstadt who said:
“Thanks to advances in technology, lighting is being reinvented. New ways of producing illumination and assessing its effects are leading to a new understanding of the physiology and psychology of vision. Crucially, we also realize how much light, and the energy required to produce it, have been wasted, whether through bad designs or by being misdirected and casually tossed out into the night, obscuring the stars. At the same time, the lighting design profession has blossomed, conjuring luminous effects that are evocative, responsive to local conditions and that promote security, as well as being environmentally sound… In short, the high-wattage nighttime New York skyline we know and cherish is an artifact of a different time and a very different world.”
So what might Isenstadt be pointing at? It could be LED lighting! City LED lights have been proven worldwide to cut down on consumption and lower greenhouse emissions. Many LED lights have been fortified for urban environments, including LED building lights and City LEDs.
But why stop at the buildings? Parts of New York already have LED streetlights – so why not go all the way and make all streetlights LED fixtures?
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