The DC Council is currently considering approving a $350 Million procurement for replacing DC’s 75,000 streetlights with “SMART” Streetlights- LED lights plus Small Cell Wireless/5G ready devices.
On Friday, March 26, 2021 there was a hearing led by Mary Cheh on this project. Link below. There was testimony presented by the International Dark-Sky Association, the ACLU, the Sierra Club, City Wildlife, and Citizens’ Climate Lobby. DC Council members Mary Cheh and Christina Henderson asked excellent questions.
There are many concerns about 1) the types of LED lights - too bright, not Dark Sky Compliant, etc., 2) lack of protections for individual civil liberties and privacy, and 3) the high costs, complexity, lack of transparency, and lack of accountability with the proposed Public Private Partnership/ P3
These are the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) recommendations for D.C. streetlights:
1. Set light levels as close as possible to the standards prescribed by AASHTO or IES.
2. Use 2700-Kelvin LEDs throughout the District, with 2200- to 2400-Kelvin lights next to environmentally- sensitive areas such as parks and riverfronts.
3. Install only "full-cutoff" fixtures that reduce glare and eliminate wasted uplight.
Today, some areas of the district have over 7x the recommended light levels.
Please help us educate the Council on this important matter.
Cheh and Henderson will be making their recommendations to the whole council this week. The council will vote next week.
We urge you to ask the City Council to send the LED lighting proposal back to DDOT for revision.
Please send an email to cwogoman@...
Background on the proposed legislation:
Link to Friday's hearing with Mary Cheh:
Thank you for your help! For more information call Jim Dougherty (IDA) (jimdougherty@aol) (202-488-1140), Wayne Savage (Sierra) (waysav@...) (202-829-5829) or Marie-Louise Murville (CCL) mmurville@... 202-251-6760