A Christmas stocking is hung under the LED lights at Pine Street and Wade Hampton Blvd., to see if the LED lighting is hindered by the decoration.
Travis Durham and Eric Herman (in the bucket) posted the decoration at 8:20 Monday morning.
It will be coming down nearly as fast as it went up – about Sept. 1.
The city and Greer Commission of Public works have been testing LED street lighting since July 2014 at the Pine Street intersection. This part of the ongoing testing for the Highway 29 Lighting Project.
“We want to see if the LED lights washes through these Christmas lights at night,” Travis Durham, a city employee said. Durham and Eric Herman posted the decoration at 8:20 this morning.
“I’m glad Mr. (Ed) Driggers (city administrator) had the foresight to try this before we put all the Christmas lights up,” Dorman said.
City officials said this is the final step before beginning the lighting project, from the city’s gateways east and west – Gap Creek Road to Target shopping center. They want to make sure the decorations don’t interfere with the coverage of the street lighting.
The $1 million canopy lighting project has been in the planning stages for almost three years. Two years ago CPW posted eight LED lights, four on each side of Wade Hampton Blvd., for city officials to study their impact. The city is setting aside funds to pay Greer CPW to install the lights and additional poles.
The lights, with nine bulbs each, deliver a wider area of illumination and represent a more aesthetic view, CPW officials said. The white lights have more distance and does a better job with each pattern.
No decision has been announced when the lighting project will be done.