There’s a different glow lighting up part of the Village of Bronxville thanks to new LED bulbs installed along Pondfield Road between Tanglewylde Avenue and Valley Road. Village administrator Harold Porr said workers installed the lights in the six blocks on Friday as the first stage of a plan to replace incandescent lights in the village with energy-saving LEDs. “Our first stretch of experimental lighting is in,” Porr said. “It’s as bright or brighter than it had been, and it’s far more efficient.”
He’s hoping residents will visit the village’s Website to give feedback. “We wanted to see what people think,” he said. “Energy efficiency is an easy one, but what does it look like? Is it appealing?”
The village decided to begin replacing bulbs in the village’s globe lights after finding an LED that fits the socket without any need for retrofitting the fixtures. The LEDs are replacing 189-watt incandescent bulbs that last about 2,000 hours, requiring replacement about twice a year at a cost of $8 each, for a total of $120,000 a year in the village. The 40-watt LED bulbs cost $300, but are expected to last eight to 10 years, saving 75 percent.