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Whether it’s the newest gadget or the season’s hottest handbag, “it” trends often are spotted first on the streets of New York City. LEDs are the exception. At a time when many municipalities across the U.S. jumped at the chance to use ARRA grants to fund LED street lighting projects, New York City bided its time and waited for the right streetlight to come along. After a seven-year process that included the design and production of that luminaire, four LED streetlight prototypes were installed in Manhattan. After receiving more than 200 entries from 23 countries, the city selected an LED-based streetlight designed by architectural lighting firm Office for Visual Interaction (OVI). The DOT is expected to add the new light to its Street Lighting Catalogue, making it available for all new and replacement installations in the five boroughs.