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Village Lighting Upgrades to Take Place During Summer Months PDF Print Email


By Carol P. Bartold, Senior Reporter     

Jul. 12, 2017: Village lighting improvements will progress through the summer Mayor Mary Marvin noted in her report at the July 10 Bronxville Board of Trustees meeting.

Phase 2 of the downtown lighting project will focus on the Kraft Avenue parking lot and the west side traffic circle. According to Village Administrator Jim Palmer, the village will be going out to bid for new lighting fixtures for both locations.

Marvin announced that the village also plans to begin testing lighting options in residential areas with a view toward upgrading street lighting throughout the village. A range of lights will be tested on Oriole Avenue between Woodland Avenue and Orchard Place.“We want to get residents’ reactions to the colors and coolness of various lighting options,” Marvin said.

Palmer explained that village officials decided on the Oriole Avenue block for testing the effectiveness of lighting samples because of the existing setbacks of the houses along the street. “We encourage people to go down the street and see if they can tell the difference between the samples and the existing lights,” he said. One sample has a light temperature of 3,000 Kelvin and another 4,000 Kelvin.

Kelvin temperatures are used to measure the color of lighting. At 4,000 Kelvin, light is equivalent to natural daylight. When the color temperature rises above that level, the light becomes colder and has more of a white or blue color. Color temperature below 4,000 Kelvin has a warmer yellow cast.

While most communities have elected for a temperature of 4,000 Kelvin, Palmer said that he is trying to locate lighting with a color temperature in between. A sample fixture will be set up to evaluate appropriate lighting that will not have an unpleasant impact on residents.

Palmer stated that the village has decided to upgrade lighting for many reasons. The new LED lighting fixtures will be more energy efficient, will last much longer than the current incandescent lights, which are being phased out, and should cost about one-third less than the incandescent fixtures.

Palmer also stated that, in recent years, the village has had to replace the same lighting ballasts, which regulate the current to the lights, two and three times. “It’s exhausting,” he said.

Mayor Marvin reported that residents have commented to her that village neighborhoods, from a safety standpoint, are too dark.

“I think people should understand,” Marvin said, “that there will be a very big difference between lighting in the business district, where traffic volume and pedestrian safety are primary concerns, and residential areas. “Changes in the residential areas will have to roll out very slowly,” she said.

“This will not be a one-size-fits-all solution,” Palmer emphasized. Distances between lighting poles vary among neighborhoods and measurements will be taken to determine which color temperature will serve a particular neighborhood best. “We’re trying to maintain the integrity of appropriate lighting,” he added.

Trustee Randy Mayer suggested that the direction of new lighting receive appropriate attention so the light is directed where it will be most effective rather than illuminate indiscriminately and contribute to light pollution.

Trustee Anne W. Poorman encourages resident feedback “at every step in the process so that people aren’t surprised.”

Pictured here:  Trustee Anne Poorman, Mayor Mary Marvin, trustee Bob Underhill, and trustee Guy Longobardo.

Photo by C. Bartold


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Bronxville is a quaint village (one square mile) located just 16 miles north of midtown Manhattan (roughly 30 minutes on the train) and has a population of approximately 6,500. It is known as a premier community with an excellent public school (K-12) and easy access to Manhattan. Bronxville offers many amenities including an attractive business district, a hospital (Lawrence Hospital), public paddle and tennis courts, fine dining at local restaurants, two private country clubs and a community library.

While the earliest settlers of Bronxville date back to the first half of the 18th century, the history of the modern suburb of Bronxville began in 1890 when William Van Duzer Lawrence purchased a farm and commissioned the architect, William A. Bates, to design a planned community of houses for well-known artists and professionals that became a thriving art colony. This community, now called Lawrence Park, is listed on the National register of Historic Places and many of the homes still have artists’ studios. A neighborhood association within Lawrence Park called “The Hilltop Association” keeps this heritage alive with art shows and other events for neighbors.

Bronxville offers many charming neighborhoods as well as a variety of living options for residents including single family homes, town houses, cooperatives and condominiums. One of the chief benefits of living in “the village” is that your children can attend the Bronxville School.

The Bronxville postal zone (10708, known as “Bronxville PO”) includes the village of Bronxville as well as the Chester Heights section of Eastchester, parts of Tuckahoe and the Lawrence Park West, Cedar Knolls, Armour Villa and Longvale sections of Yonkers. Many of these areas have their own distinct character. For instance, the Armour Villa section has many historic homes and even has its own newsletter called “The Villa Voice” which reports on neighborhood news.

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