Lights On! OWB
The Lights On! OWB initiative is an effort by Our West Bayfront to improve safety in the West Bayfront neighborhoods by increasing lighting and visibility, and by strengthening neighborhood relationships.
West Bayfront neighbors are looking out for one another by leaving a light on!
Our West Bayfront Board Member and Neighborhood Leader, Candace Battles, discusses Lights On! OWB.
In the first phase of this initiative, OWB shared information about free energy efficiency kits available through the electric utility Penelec, and began distributing promotional materials that encourage residents and business owners to leave exterior lights on for safety.
Resident volunteers collected exterior lighting data for a 16 block portion of their neighborhood. In this assessment about 1/3 of residential buildings were found to have an outdoor light on at night.
OWB distributed free LED sensor bulbs on blocks where fewer people left lights on.
Further night time data collection revealed a similar 1/3 “lights on” trend in the rest of the West Bayfront’s neighborhoods.
Residents went door to door in their area distributing automatic light sensitive LED porch lights to their neighbors.
Plans are currently underway to pick and install lighting and security hardware at no less than 3 focus regions in the neighborhood based in part on community feedback as well as EPD crime data.
Above is a map showing the locations where “dusk til dawn” LED bulbs have been distributed (Yellow Pins), as well as the locations of community members who have provided digital feedback in the form of a survey (White Diamonds).
Scroll down to take our Lights On! OWB Survey!
"How Can I Help?"There are a couple simple things you can do to help out this initiative!
1. Leave your outdoor lights on at night
2. Click the Survey Button below to take our Lights On! OWB Survey
3. Let us know if you want to distribute light bulbs
Contact Derek at firstname.lastname@example.org to distribute bulbs!
This project has received funding commitments from the Erie Community Foundation and Erie Insurance through the PA Department of Community and Economic Development Neighborhood Assistance Program, a tax credit program available to businesses.