It is appropriate that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) finished installing new LED fixtures on the RFK Bridge on Earth Day 2011. As part of its commitment to being a ‘greener’ agency, MTA began working with LSI Industries in 2008 on this lighting upgrade program to replace the existing 100-watt mercury vapor lights with LSI’s energy-efficient, high-performance LED necklace lights on their four suspended span bridges in the New York area. The RFK is the second of these four to be completed. The remaining bridges, the Throgs Neck and Bronx-Whitestone Bridges will both be upgraded with LSI’s LED fixtures within two years.
The RFK is now lit with 190 new LED lights designed around LSI’s Crossover® LED technology. The benefits of the new LED fixtures are many when compared to the previous mercury vapor light source --
- Dramatically more efficient light distribution
- Significantly reduced in energy usage – approximately 75%
- 60,000-hour life expectancy (at least 7 years as compared to about a two-year life expectancy for the previous lighting) --
- Tremendous maintenance savings
- Environmentally friendly light source – mercury-free light source, easily recyclable