Demo Up for New Parking Structure Lighting

8 years 9 months 1 week ago Tuesday, August 23 2011 Aug 23, 2011 Tuesday, August 23, 2011 9:15:00 PM CDT August 23, 2011 in News
By: Alyssa Caruso and Emily Hauger

COLUMBIA - A new lighting demonstration intended to reduce light emission is on display in the 5th and Walnut parking garage. From the outside, most of the garage lighting looks normal.

But, Barbara Buffaloe, the city's Sustainability Manager, saysthe new lighting system is not as bright as it used to be and is easier on the eyes.

Various types of films are in used in the demonstration.  They are meant to give multiple perspectives of what the new lights may look like.

Levels three, four and five have plastic streamers hanging from the lights to help reduce the intensity.  According to a report prepared by consultant Eric Sax, the corrective films dim the light without changing its color.

On level six of the garage the lights are diffused or softened with corrective films.  Level seven adds a yellow/orange component, meant to be more pleasing to the eye.

Finally, level eight shows how they can change colors.  Right now the fixtures are tinted blue, but they can easily be changed to various colors, to coordinate with seasonal events.

The Environmental and Energy Commission plans to visit the structure within the next week and vote on its preferences at its next meeting. 

The demonstration will stay up for a few weeks, giving the City Council, as well as citizens of Columbia, time to view the new lights and express their opinions about the potential changes. 

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