LED Streetlight Conversion Update
All streetlights in the City of Kingston are being converted
to LED technology in the spring of 2019 through the NY Smart Street Lighting
Initiative, a statewide program, working with the New York Power Authority (NYPA).
In the meantime as bulbs burn out, they are being replaced with
the new LED technology by a contractor in bundles of forty at minimum. The next
batch of over 70 bulbs has been commissioned and will be addressed in the next few
weeks, weather permitting. To report an extinguished street light, please visit
While the City of Kingston began the process of evaluating
our street lighting back in 2014, in early 2018, Governor Cuomo announced the
NY Smart Street Lighting Initiative that calls for at least 500,000 street
lights throughout the state to be replaced with the energy-saving LED
technology by 2025. Kingston joins a larger aggregate of communities but will
be first in line for the retrofit.
This improvement is projected to reduce annual municipal
energy use by 1,000,000 kWh, and save the City over $130,000 per year on
utility bills and maintenance costs. Upgrading to LEDs will also improve light
quality and public safety throughout Kingston. The new LED fixtures will have a
warm white light which allows for an increased ability to perceive colors,
definition, and movement of other drivers, pedestrians, and objects. Studies
show that this warm white light improves a driver’s peripheral vision and
reaction time when compared to High Pressure Sodium lights.
The City will provide updates on locations of installed
lights on our website as progress is made.
Project details and updated map (as installations begin) https://kingston-ny.gov/streetlights