Getting the LED Out in Bed-Stuy, Part 2: At the Intersection of LEDs and Incandescence

The Intersection of Color Temperatures, Quincy at Patchen

The Intersection of Color Temperatures, Quincy at Patchen

Patchen Avenue, now lit by LED

Patchen Avenue, now lit by LED

A LED light above Patchen Ave, the new Wilky bar in the background

A LED light above Patchen Ave, the new Wilky bar in the background

January 20, 2016

At this intersection you can see both the new blue-green LEDs illuminating Patchen Ave, the old amber-pink of the sulphur vapor bulbs on Quincy Ave.

In recent days, between the sulphur vapor bulbs being swapped out for new LEDs in the streetlights and the opening of a craft beer bar a block away from here, the neighborhood has seen quite a shift in white balance. 

That's a photography pun as a sociological observation. 

Calibrated color temperature was 2000K before, 3550K now, according to my X-Rite ColorChecker Classic Card. Varying reports said Stuyvesant Heights was 95% Black and Bed-Stuy 70% Black overall in 2010. Anecdotal evidence, like a ride on the J train or look inside that craft beer bar, says it's not in 2016.

 

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