The City of Langley is seeking input on a new light emitting diode (LED) light on Third Street and Park Avenue.
Public Works Director Stan Berryman said the test light is a 45-watt, 3,000-Kelvin bulb and replaces a former test light that was a 53-watt, 4,000-Kelvin bulb. The city is gauging public acceptance on new LED lights that could be installed sometime in the future using Transportation Improvement Board grant funds. The city currently uses sodium lights to illuminate streets and sidewalks. There is also another 53-watt, 3,000-Kelvin test bulb on Fourth Street and Park Avenue.
“Any input is welcome,” Berryman wrote in an email Friday morning.
The new test light is dimmer than a 4,000-Kelvin bulb that drew complaints from residents in July 2016 for potential health risks and light pollution. Mayor Tim Callison administered a ballot this past spring asking residents about their preference in lights. One-third of those who participated “liked” the 53-watt, 3-000 Kelvin bulb, one-third wanted a “better, less bright” LED light and the rest wanted to keep the old sodium lights.
The new 45-watt, 3,000-Kelvin bulb is considered the “better” light.
“So, now that we have a better LED light, we need to know what the public would like to see installed using the TIB (Transportation Improvement Board) grant funds,” Berryman wrote.