Today city crews are retrofitting lights in Washington and Warren squares with new energy-efficient induction lamps.
"The public should be aware that during the retrofit process," says a City spokesman, "temporary fixtures will be in place on the light poles for the next few weeks. The permanent fixtures, when installed, will be more historically appropriate."
Washington and Warren squares — located long Bryan Street at Habersham and Houston — are two of seven historic squares that will receive energy efficient and more natural lighting this year. The others are Orleans, Pulaski, Calhoun, Chatham and Troup squares, as well as the Gordon and Tomochichi monuments in Wright Square.
The lights will be retrofitted with "Pennsylvania Globe induction lamps to be consistent with the recommendations of the comprehensive lighting plan for downtown parks and squares, which was developed in 2011," the City says.
The lights will be the same as those in Wright, Whitefield and Lafayette squares, which were upgraded in 2012 with financial support from the Downtown Neighborhood Association.
Upgraded fixtures in Warren and Washington Squares should be installed by the middle of July and those in Orleans, Pulaski and Calhoun squares by the middle of August.
Donations, neighborhood matching funds, and existing square renovation funds will be used to pay for the upgrades.