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LED lights project in Northern Westchester Hospital parking garage continues on track

An ambitious parking garage project which includes the extensive installation of LED lighting throughout the structure remains on track at the Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, New York, according to the Bedford Daily Voice. The project had been on the table for some time, with many back and forth negotiations between hospital administrators and the Mount Kisco Planning Board, before construction went ahead in November. The chief issues that were holding the project back all involved the installation of LED lights.

Some members of the Mount Kisco Planning Board expressed their concerns about the lifespan and strength of the proposed LED lighting in the parking garages, according to the news source. Additionally, some nearby residents had raised concerns about the garage's rooftop light poles, which some thought were too tall.

However, the subcommittee on lighting was able to convince the board of the financial viability and environmental responsibility of installing LED lighting. According to ENERGY STAR, LED lights use at least 75 percent less energy than incandescent bulb types. These electricity bill savings could save the hospital a substantial sum over the lifespan of the LED lights.

"I know it's going to be a good project for the community," Joseph Cosentino, the chairperson of the Mount Kisco Planning Board, told the news source. "It's not going to look like an airport or a space that a 747 could land on. I think [the engineers] did a great job and it's the best we're going to get. We're really proud of it."

Construction of the two-story, 450-space parking structure is ongoing - officials hope to have the entire parking garage built and open by June 2013.