Historic Streetscape Lighting – Integration of Aesthetic Concerns with Modern Technology

Creating inviting historic downtowns not only provides a way to connect with the past, but also helps make communities sustainable. Energy efficient street lighting can contribute significantly to the visual environment of a historic downtown. Lighting technologies used in modern street lighting systems are very different from those used in street lighting a century ago.

Join The UAlbany Green Scene for their May Sustainable Speakers Presentation presentation on lighting streetscapes.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm (Presentation starts promptly at 6:00) SUNY Albany Room 003, Business Building Albany, NY (Click here for directions)

Register here.

The presentation will compare the lamps, luminaires and design approaches used for street lighting when it was first introduced to those of the present day. Also provided are some preliminary considerations for the selection of lighting equipment to optimize the benefits of historic streetscape lighting in terms of safety, context sensitivity and historic compatibility, against the costs of street lighting in terms of equipment, energy use, maintenance and light pollution concerns. Carefully designed street lighting can be an important component of maintaining historic character as well as contributing to safety in historic downtowns.

John Bullough, Director of the Transportation Lighting Program at the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is a coauthor of the presentation.

Course attendees will be able to:

  • Name three important evolutions in street lighting technology and what prompted these changes.
  • List several ways in which higher efficiency outdoor lighting can benefit a project and community.
  • Name 2-3 currently used streetlamp types and the benefits and drawbacks of each type.
  • Identify important selection criteria for modern lighting that preserves historic character.

Advance registration fees: $15 for US Green Building Council Chapter members and $20 for the general public. $10 for students. SUNY Albany students and staff are free. At the door: $25, cash or check.

Parking is available in the Visitor Lot in front of the building. Fee is $5, cash or credit card. The Business School is on the circle off of Washington Avenue Extension, on the side closer to Fuller Road.

About the Presenter: Sloane Bullough is a member of the Technical Preservation Services Unit of the New York State Historic Preservation Office. She coordinates the New York State Rehabilitation Tax Credit programs and reviews projects for their potential impact on historic structures that have government involvement, are receiving federal tax credits, or have been awarded state preservation grants. She has a master’s degree in building conservation from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a bachelor’s degree in historic preservation from Roger Williams University. Her previous experience includes working at the Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway in Troy, NY and at the NYS Commission on the Restoration of the Capitol.

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