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Gas street lighting today

In the early 20th century, most cities in the United States andEurope had gaslit streets. However, gas lighting for streets soon gave way to electric lighting. Small incandescent light bulbsbegan to replace gas lights inside homes in the late 19th century, although the transition took decades to complete. See, for example, rural electrification.

Gas lighting of streets has not disappeared completely from some cities, and municipalities that retained gas lighting may now find that it provides a pleasing nostalgic effect. Similarly, gas lighting is also seeing a resurgence in the luxury home market for those in search of historical accuracy.

The largest gas lighting network in the world is that of Berlin. With about 44,000 lamps, it holds more than half of all gas lamps in the world. Quite a few streets in central London, the Royal Parksand the exterior of Buckingham Palace remain gaslit as well as almost the entire Covent Garden area. The Park Estate inNottingham retains much of its original character, including the original gas lighting network.

In the United States, more than 2800 gas lights in Boston operate in the historic districts of Beacon Hill, Back Bay, Bay Village,Charlestown, and parts of other neighborhoods. In Cincinnati,Ohio more than 1100 gas lights operate in areas that have been named historic districts. Gas lights also operate in parts of the famed French Quarter and outside historic homes throughout the city in New Orleans. A gas lamp is located at N. Holliday Street and E. Baltimore Street in Baltimore as a monument to the first gas lamp in America erected at that location. Manhattan Beach, California has a gas lamp section in which all the sidewalks are lit by public gas lamps. Disneyland has authentic 19th century gas lamps from Baltimore along the "Main Street, U.S.A." section of the park.

South Orange, New Jersey has adopted the gaslight as the symbol of the town, and uses them on nearly all streets. Several other towns in New Jersey also retain gas lighting: Glen Ridge, Palmyra, Riverton, and some parts of Orange, Cape May and Cherry Hill. The Village of Riverside, Illinois, still uses its original gas street lights that are an original feature of the Frederick Law Olmsted planned community.

Many gas utility companies will still quote a fixed periodic rate for a customer-maintained gas lamp and homeowners still utilize such devices. However, the high cost of natural gas lighting  at least partly explains why a large number of older gas lamps have been converted to electricity. Solar-rechargeable battery-powered gas light controllers can be easily retrofitted into existing gas lamps to keep the lights off during daylight hours and cut energy consumption and green-house gas carbon emissions by 50%.

The most popular gas lighting fixtures today are made from copper, a durable metal that ages and patinas to protect itself from the elements. Gas lights today are also used with electronic ignition systems that allow the lights to be controlled from an ordinary light switch. With energy conservation a pressing issue today, these systems can also allow gas lights to be placed on a timer or photocell so that they are not running continuously, only when needed. Today gas lights are widely used for creating ambiance and to accentuate a property's design.