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The Broome County Courthouse, a noted landmark, is at the center of downtown Binghamton on a gray, cold Monday morning, 7 April 2003. The dark brown signals there date from 1981.

LED heaven?

The “Parlor City” has traditionally followed the standards set by the New York State Department of Transportation. Signals have been usually green colored, though in 1981, the downtown signals installed on modular installations were dark brown colored.

What has made Binghamton really stand out is that, in late 2001, the city retrofitted its signal units (some of which are retro) with light-emitting diode lenses, designed to save the city money on its utility costs. This even applied to the Art Deco units that the city still uses on some intersections. For those who like old signal installations, the city has them, though there have been many changes over the last 30 years.

Updated 8 December 2004.