JAFFREY STREETLIGHT COMMITTEE

GUIDING PRINCIPLES AND CRITERIA

As approved on August 27, 2008

 

 

 

Guiding Principles

 

            Provide Needed Lighting:  Impelled by critical public safety and community concerns, the Committee is seeking to ensure that the Town of Jaffrey has an aesthetically appropriate street lighting system sufficient to meet the needs of its residents.

 

            Conserve Energy:  Impelled by critical global warming and energy security concerns, the Committee is seeking to reduce, to the maximum extent feasible consistent with the Town’s street lighting needs, the energy consumed by particular streetlights and by the Town’s entire street lighting system.

 

            Save Money:  Impelled by critical Town budget and tax burden concerns, the Committee is seeking to reduce, to the maximum extent possible, the recurring and long-term costs of the Town’s street lighting system.

 

Guiding Criteria

 

            Intersections:  In general, there should be streetlights sufficient to signal the location of each intersection of major public roads where there is significant vehicular traffic.

 

            Sidewalks/Pedestrians:  In general, there should be streetlights sufficient to illuminate densely populated areas (typically where there are sidewalks) where there is significant pedestrian movement.

 

            No Wasted Light:  The light provided by each street light should be no more than what is necessary to accomplish its purpose, should not illuminate the night sky, and should not shine into neighboring windows or yards.

 

            Energy Efficient Lighting:  The Town’s new street lights should be state-of-the-art in terms of the light (lumens) provided per watt of energy consumed and in terms of their long-term durability and maintenance needs.

 

            Consistent Lighting:   In general, there should be one consistent type of street light, providing light of the same color (whether yellow-looking as in high pressure sodium lights or white-looking as in metal halide lights), used throughout Town.