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Streetlight LED Conversion
(09-20-2017, 04:21 PM)GtwoK Wrote: As well, for whatever reason, driving under that yellow glow always made me sleepy, but I've yet to experience that with the new lights

That's precisely it - the yellow lights are like the setting sun and give you a late-day feeling; the whiter LEDs are more like the middle of the day.
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Although I'm willing to admit I might be wrong about the glare/visibility thing, and maybe cooler light really does make for better visibility, what you just said is a really bad aspect of cooler light: they're more like the middle of the day. That's bad for people's sleep (and StatsCan just this week released new data saying that- no real surprise- Canadians are not sleeping enough), which has big health impacts. It also has big impacts on other living things, who are not able to perceive night properly because of our lighting.
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However ... even assuming that the colour of the light has a big impact on people's (or animals') sleep (as compared to the old lights) that is mitigated by the tighter focus of the light on roadways and sidewalks, with less light spilling into house windows or into the greenery.
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Yes, it's true. As others have said, the new fixtures are much better generally at focusing light where it's needed, and reducing light pollution.
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I should have added: the biggest difference is for people who like their sidewalks to be dim or unlit ("They took away my night"). But for most people, well-lit sidewalks are both more pleasant and more safe than dim or dark ones. (This does not just to reduce risk of aggressors; it also makes it easier to see hazards on the sidewalk that could cause tripping or falls.)
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The Kitchener lights will apparently be dimmed by 20% when the upgrades are complete, so hopefully that will satisfy most people.
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Hell, I hope they don't turn the brightness down. With this more focused light, my mature tree-lined street has ALREADY become significantly dimmer, because of the amount of "spilled" light being blocked by the trees. I can't even walk from my front door to my car at night anymore without having to use my phone as a light - the cast light just doesn't reach 5 or 6 meters into my yard anymore, like the old ones did.
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I think the biggest problem with super-bright streetlights is that when you go to an area that is NOT lit, it's super dark, now.

Every situation is different - I bet some people are getting way more light, and some are getting way less, into their homes.  We noticed the change immediately on our street the first evening they had switched over.  The atmosphere is forever changed.  I don't mind it (I like it, even) but the guest bedroom on the front of our house is now basically unusable.

Why can't we have super-futuristic indirectly-lit ribbons along the curbs or something?? Big Grin Driving into Terminal 2 at night at Pearson was a dream!
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(09-21-2017, 01:00 PM)GtwoK Wrote: Hell, I hope they don't turn the brightness down. With this more focused light, my mature tree-lined street has ALREADY become significantly dimmer, because of the amount of "spilled" light being blocked by the trees. I can't even walk from my front door to my car at night anymore without having to use my phone as a light - the cast light just doesn't reach 5 or 6 meters into my yard anymore, like the old ones did.

I've been wondering if you can ask for a tree to be trimmed. Most of my (also mature) street is fine, but my neighbour has the largest tree of all and the canopy envelops the light on my side. It completely blocks the light and makes the driveway and road in front of my house extremely dark.
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(09-21-2017, 03:08 PM)Bob_McBob Wrote:
(09-21-2017, 01:00 PM)GtwoK Wrote: Hell, I hope they don't turn the brightness down. With this more focused light, my mature tree-lined street has ALREADY become significantly dimmer, because of the amount of "spilled" light being blocked by the trees. I can't even walk from my front door to my car at night anymore without having to use my phone as a light - the cast light just doesn't reach 5 or 6 meters into my yard anymore, like the old ones did.

I've been wondering if you can ask for a tree to be trimmed. Most of my (also mature) street is fine, but my neighbour has the largest tree of all and the canopy envelops the light on my side. It completely blocks the light and makes the driveway and road in front of my house extremely dark.

In addition to asking for lights to be dimmed, you can probably ask for them to be brightened.

I also have little light spillage onto my property even with the old streetlights, so I put a light stand in my yard, very quaint looking.
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