“Pedestrian-scale lighting”

New lights in the business district are designed to illuminate the sidewalks, not the streets.

New electric lights in the business district resemble old-fashioned gas lamps. Note modern street light at upper right.

In case you were wondering, “pedestrian-scale lighting” does not mean Leprechaun-sized fixtures that fire off light rays at eye level.

Rather, it’s these old-style street lamps, about half to two-thirds the height of the (roughly) 35-foot-tall modern-style street lights that illuminate Mass. Ave.

The pedestrian-scale stuff casts its rays on the sidewalks.

Laying the electrical conduits for this lighting is one of tasks that has slowed sidewalk work in the business district.

The pedestrian lights illuminate the sidewalks, not the street.

The pedestrian lights illuminate the sidewalks, not the street.

In other sidewalk work, crews poured many yards of concrete in the past week, with new sidewalks walkable on many blocks (with some skipped) as far as Lafayette Street.

Arlington Center and Arlington Heights sport similar-sized lighting.

Some of the lights in the center have a sleek “modern” design (which now looks dated, ironically, since the historical look is in vogue), but most have a similar gas-lamp-era look to them.

The same aesthetic informs the design of the new walk signals.

The new lamps have 3 thin arms projecting from the sides of the pole below the lamp, long enough to support signs and banners.

The arms recall ladder bars on actual gas lamps (for the lamp lighter’s ladder), though real ladder bars are configured differently.

Other retro-Victorian architectural features include a round ornamental base, a tapered pole with vertical ridges, and an acorn-style “hat” on top of the lamp.

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