I tend to think of it like this, how nice would it be if we didn't let our transit infrastructure look like a dive bar in the first place?With jass on this one. After awhile the bright lights just highlight the dirtiness. I tend to think of it like this, how nice would your local dive bar look at 1am with the lights shining bright?
With LEDs, you inherently replace the fixture...I remember when the old lighting on the center platform was brand new. The T never replaces a burnt out bulb. Instead they replace the fixture.
...pretty sure they make LED conversion kits / modules for old fixtures. (but to your point, going forward "changing a lightbulb" is not the correct expression)With LEDs, you inherently replace the fixture...
Metro also has the cool coffered ceilings, brutalist stair/escalators, and dramatic up-lighting to highlight it all. Most T stations don't have those attributes so I'll take the light.DC Metro has had bright LED lights installed at a lot of stations recently.
Of course it's a much cleaner system to begin with.