New York City energy experts are recommending that all bulbs should be replaced in 2018 and 2019, as the city looks to get back to normal after the devastating Superstorm Sandy.
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory says that LED lighting can be replaced as early as the end of the year, and that LED bulbs have “significantly lower energy consumption and lower environmental impacts.”
The lights that are currently on in New York will be replaced by 2022, and the rest of the city’s LED bulbs by 2023.
The institute says that switching to LED bulbs means less electricity being used, and it is easier to replace lights.
In the past, the New York Energy Department has recommended switching to LEDs to save energy.
In the wake of Superstorm Irene, the city switched to LED lights because they were cheaper, less noisy, and could be more easily installed.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has pledged to replace the entire city’s lighting by 2024, but it remains unclear how much will be done by that date.
The mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, has said that the city will have “the greatest energy density in the country” by 2024.
New York’s Energy Department also has said it will install 1.5 million LED lights by 2022.
The city of New Jersey, which lost power for three days following the Superstorm, has announced that it is planning to replace its lights with LEDs by 2026.
The lights will be installed on the city streets by 2022 and then switched off by 2028.