Since 2009, fluorescent induction lighting, also known as Jersey Lights, have been installed in cities and towns throughout New Jersey. These lamps use 30-40% less electricity than standard mercury vapor lighting and require less maintenance.
While I applaud the installation of energy efficient low maintenance lighting, the Art Director in me wants them to be beautiful, functional and efficient, like this LED street lamp designed by
These lamps are low profile, so they don’t add to the already over cluttered streetscape, and, like the Jersey Lights, they are energy efficient and low maintenance.
Finding inspirational, exceptional industrial design like this lamp gives me hope that maybe someday I’ll see something like these gorgeous lamps being installed in my neighborhood. I say someday because the Jersey Lights technology was introduced in Europe in 1990. It has taken nearly twenty years for these lights to hit the government procurement radar.
Function, efficiency and beauty can and should be everywhere, and I’d happily motor on a properly, beautifully illuminated boulevard. Until then, I’ll try to get used to the recently installed Jersey Lights. Sigh.