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Concord installs sample lights on Main Street

Sample street lights are up on Main Street for a week.

(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

Sample street lights are up on Main Street for a week. (JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

By LAURA McCRYSTAL Monitor staff
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
(Published in print: Wednesday, July 24, 2013)

Two sample streetlights are up on North Main Street this week, as city officials gather comments about their design and light quality.

City Engineer Ed Roberge said he’s looking to gather feedback about the brightness and color of the LED lights at night. The light quality was designed for the city’s upcoming Main Street redesign project.

The sample lights were installed yesterday morning in the area in front of Citizens Bank and will remain in place until Tuesday, Roberge said.

The light fixture designs have already been approved by the city council. Roberge said the sample light posts and bases are slightly different than the approved design. But the lamp at the top of the lights is the same fixture that will be installed along Main Street when construction is complete in 2015.

“So it’s going to be a bit different than the high-pressure sodium (light) that’s out there today,” Roberge said.

Residents can complete an online survey about the quality of light once the streetlights turn on at night. Questions include: Is the light too bright, too yellow or too white; and does the light illuminate a large enough area? The survey is available at concordmainstreetproject.com.