Let There Be Light

CB5223E1-7B15-483E-882E-11B6EAFFC818When I walk my dog first thing in the morning and right before I go to bed at night, it’s dark. It’s no big deal because I live in the city and there are streetlights strategically placed along the way.

But a month or so ago, I received a notice from the electric company that it will be replacing all of the existing streetlights in my part of town. The old high-pressure-sodium-vapor (HPSV) lights will be replaced with what the electric company called “efficient, long-lasting light-emitting diode (LED) fixtures.”

These new LED streetlights are supposed to last a lot longer than the old HPSV lights and they also use a lot less energy, so the cost of lighting up the city at night will be reduced. (And yet my local taxes continue to go up.)

But what is more important is that LEDs provide a brighter, whiter, more natural-looking and evenly distributed light compared with the older streetlights, which cast a dull, yellowish glow.

278926C3-1E9F-429D-80E7-E95ED37DA1FBSo just last week, the electric company finished the job in my neighborhood. And the good news is that, with the new lights, all the streets are very well lighted, much more so than with the older streetlights.

But there is one downside to the new LED streetlights. Because they focus a brighter, whiter, more intense light across a wider area with fewer dark spots, they also darken the night sky visibility above the streetlights. When I walk my dog at night, I used to be able to see a sky full of stars when I looked up. Now, with the LEDs, I can still see the moon when I look up, but not many stars.

I miss seeing the stars at night when I walk my dog.

15 thoughts on “Let There Be Light

  1. pensitivity101 September 19, 2018 / 9:53 am

    We have the same, but to cut costs even more, our street lights are turned off between midnight and 6am. Love the night sky………… black velvet with diamonds.

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    • Fandango September 19, 2018 / 10:41 am

      Ours are on all night long. I have to travel out into the country now to see the stars.

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      • pensitivity101 September 19, 2018 / 11:39 am

        That’s one of the things we missed when we moved out of the cottage as we were in the country. However, out on the river in the boat, the nights were magical

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  2. NeverSilenceTheMadness September 19, 2018 / 10:33 am

    sucks when we have to sacrifice one for the other .. and like @bethlovesblue said above, very dramaticly said. For what seemed like a simple informatory post, I was given information and then, I was hit with such a punch in the heart when I read your last line.

    loved it ❤

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  3. Irene September 19, 2018 / 12:02 pm

    Sadly, LED and solar fixtures might be saving electricity, but their increased light pollution is also becoming an issue for urban plants and trees, which need darkness to follow their natural cycles.

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    • Fandango September 19, 2018 / 1:41 pm

      Interesting. I did not know that.

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    • Fandango September 19, 2018 / 7:47 pm

      Well, the streets are brighter with fewer dark spots, so yeah.

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  4. leigha66 September 28, 2018 / 3:33 pm

    I hate the light pollution blocking out the stars, but on the other hand I avoid areas at night that have poor lighting. You just can’t win.

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