Light is coming to downtown New London thanks in part to grants from the National Main Street Center, Eversource, and the Dominion Foundation. A new program planned by Kristin Havrilla Clarke, the city’s recently named New London Main Street director, will light up store fronts thoughout downtown, starting with upper State Street.

The effort, dubbed Light Up New London, will start by installing LED lights in every storefront, whether occupied or not. “A well-lit downtown creates a safer, friendlier and more occupied feel in any area,” according to a project description. “A well-lit street in a commercial area encourages shoppers and visitors to continue walking and exploring the shops, restaurants and other businesses in the area.”

Read all about this effort in The Day:  Light Up New London program switches on — The Day