URGENT IMPORTANT CITIZEN INPUT NEEDED REGARDING NEW STREETLIGHTS

I LOVE CHANGE, CHANGE FOR THE BETTER THAT IS. IS THIS A CHANGE FOR THE BETTER? ARE WE COMMITTED TO THE NEW STREET LIGHTS? HOW DO YOU FEEL LED LIGHTS WILL AFFECT THE QUALITY OF YOUR LIFE IN OUR COMMUNITY, WHETHER 4000K OR 3000K OR NO CHANGE?
buenos-aires-led-street-lamps-01.jpg.662x0_q70_crop-scaleTwo variations on LED streetlights being considered by the city have been set up for evaluation. The test installations are the first four lights on the west side of Washington Street just south of Gee Avenue.There are two types, rated at 3,000 degrees Kelvin and 4,000 degrees Kelvin. The “color” of the light is slightly different between the two types.

People concerned about light pollution and the effect of the lights on wildlife have been advocating for the 3,000K lights. Send your comments to Matt Coogan in the City’s Planning Department. His email address is:

MCoogan@gloucester-ma.gov

Above image courtesy google image search.

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Map courtesy Paul Morrison via FB

PLEASE READ THIS OPINION PERTAINING TO THE EXPERIENCE OF OTHER COMMUNITIES WITH THE LED LIGHTS
Ruining That Moody Urban Glow

OCT. 17, 2015

…In interviews with the media, my fellow experimental subjects have compared the nighttime environment under the new streetlights to a film set, a prison yard, “a strip mall in outer space” and “the mother ship coming in for a landing” in “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.” Although going half-blind at 58, I can read by the beam that the new lamp blasts into our front room without tapping our own Con Ed service. Once the LEDs went in, our next-door neighbor began walking her dog at night in sunglasses.

Medical research has firmly established that blue-spectrum LED light can disrupt sleep patterns. This is the same illumination that radiates in far smaller doses from smartphone and computer screens, to which we’re advised to avoid exposure for at least an hour before bed, because it can suppress the production of melatonin. The tribute to “the city that never sleeps” was meant to celebrate a vibrant cultural night life — not a town of hollow-eyed “Walking Dead” insomniacs.

While the same light has also been associated with increased risk of breast cancer and mood disorders, in all honesty my biggest beef with LEDs has nothing to do with health issues. These lights are ugly. They’re invasive. They’re depressing. New York deserves better.

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12 thoughts on “URGENT IMPORTANT CITIZEN INPUT NEEDED REGARDING NEW STREETLIGHTS

  1. I checked all four out right at dusk. Tough at dusk because everyone is racing home and you don’t want to be standing in the street staring up at lights. (Two are also in trees so tough to compare.) I’ll be back at 3AM to give them a good going over. All four are different with different bulb configurations. I don’t want to taint someone else’s opinion by saying one was way to blue and glarey but they were different. Compared to the old yellow. lights now used these are very bright and white.

    Basically I like them. Because they do not bulge out one should be able to shield them so stray light doesn’t go up the street or bounce off houses. But two seem to be just way too bright. None of them have good side cut offs. You really should not be able to see the bulb from down the street. That is unneeded glare. LEDs can be zero angle, that is zero amount of light comes out at 90 degrees. It lights the street under the light and does not spray it down the street or onto houses.

    Trick: stand under the light and hold your hand about six inches above something white like a piece of paper. Look at the shadow. Is it blue? Or a nice black on white? (Is it a black dress or a gold dress?) Does the blue remind you of that one skank car coming down the highway with those crappy blue headlights?

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  2. I think they are all just too damn bright. # 3 seemed to be the least obnoxious, and 3k is definitely a better color than 4k, but how about 2.5k?, or how about reducing the wattage by half? Wouldn’t that save the city a whole heck of a lot more money – and avoid the prison yard effect as well? I am thinking of petitioning the city to remove the light at the end of our street instead of replacing it, that will save even more money!

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  3. Nice work getting the word out. I love the LED’s on our lobster boats because you can see so much more clearly. I’m undecided on the street lights, happy to have the opportunity to check them out side by side.

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  4. Perhaps we should ask, “What’s the purpose of the street light?” It seems like there may be competing interests here. Some people want lots of light on the street for “safety.” Others don’t want the street light coming in their windows. And others want to be able to star gaze better. Paul makes a good point about the need to adjust the light properly regardless of which “color” is chosen. Who’s going to make sure that happens?

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  5. Went by tonight after my son’s soccer practice. We definitely noticed that one seems extra bright with a lot of glare, so we’d go with the 3,000–and agree that there should be an option to go with an even lower temp, like 2,500, or added color. And as I was driving, we were noticing how many lights there are around the city, and how the current yellow color is, as my son put it, “cozier.” This is something we have to live with, so I hope a lot of people give their 2 cents on the issue. It would be a shame to lose some stars from too bright lights with lots of glare just to save a few bucks on the install (money that should be quickly made back in energy savings). It would be a shame to lose our cozy feel entirely.

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  6. Just for clarity, as I understand it, the number has next to nothing to do with brightness–just the way that things look (as Paul Morrison pointed out)–bluish, yellowish, crisp black-and-white, etc. There may be small differences in brightness between the two types–but I suspect the issue is not the “color temperature” but the wattage, or its equivalent. Maybe someone with more engineering savvy than me can spell out whether there’s a happy medium where the color looks right, the light is just the right brightness, and they in fact will work in all seasons, hot and cold.

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  7. Here is my take on L.E.D. lights..I sell them at ACE HARDWARE and have been qualified to do so professionally ..I also own a professional concert lighting L.E.D. set-up..and have been using them since they have been available ..I suggest using The LOWEST Lumens Watts in AMBER Lights available for this application..it will be cost effective and plenty of light for street illumination, Please do not go with anything higher in Lumens and not White..or Blue white, Amber is better in terms of natural light and less glare..and not disruptive to sleep or wildlife..Low Watts Low Lumens..Big savings for our city..trust me I know what I’m talking about.That is my advice professionally ..Thank you, Doc Vincent

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