A color change for downtown pedestrian light poles

IMG_2670 City crews are replacing many historic-looking pedestrian light poles downtown on Division St. The lights glow white, in contrast to the orange color of the light poles installed last year on the Water St. parking lot and Sesquicentennial Legacy Plaza. I know zilch about street lighting and even less about smart streetlights but in this week’s Friday Memo, TJ Heinricy, Supervisor of Northfield’s Streets & Parks Department, writes: (continued)


Ongoing work in the downtown area this week included the retrofitting of the pedestrian light poles. This project, which includes the change out of globed lights to a more traditional style fixture and energy efficient transformer and light will be completed in the next several of week. [sic]

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5 thoughts on “A color change for downtown pedestrian light poles”

  1. While the new poles and the fixture atop them look more traditional in style (that’s good) the quality of the light dispersed is dismal (I think). “Dispersed” is a key word here . My view is the new lights have a less than comfortable color temperature and they give off little light on the sidewalk or in fact in illuminating the front of the DT buildings. I’d like to see something reminiscent in “LOOK” of 19 century England, but at the same time lighting up our DT so that there seems some sense of “welcome” to the area. On the other hand, City Admin. Walinski commented to me that many citizens have expressed dismay (and I think dissatisfaction) at how BRIGHT the new lights have made the DT.

    This may be fact or “staff spin” to deflect a complaint.

    In short, (IMHO) the “lantern” style might have worked if new lighting technology had provide a focused light pattern on the sidewalks and the DT building’s frontside walls of the DT and at the same time contributed to the historic ambiance of the DT … and kept the night sky dim.

  2. I did hear back (a week ago) from T.J. Heinricy, City of Northfield Street/Park Supervisor:

    The lights that you saw off at 6:00 Am are off because of a wiring issue that arose this Winter.  There are underground wires broke that cannot be repaired till the frost is gone for the season.  The lights that you saw on  are on because they are  wired into the taller overhead street lights.  So the reason they are on is because they not being run by a timer but instead they are on a photo cell.  Hopefully this answers your concern.  If you have any more questions feel free to give me a call.

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