New street lighting

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New street lighting

Postby Jenny Wren » Sat May 10, 2014 10:08 am

We live in Rustington, West Sussex and normally get beautiful clear skies to star gaze. Scottish & Southern Electricity, in conjunction with Arun District Council, in their wisdom have just installed new high intensity street lights. These are at least 9 feet higher than our old ones. The light given off by these completely obliterates the night sky. Wembley Stadium would be proud of them as floodlights. No consultation was made and no thought given to the impact of turning night into day on nocturnal creatures. Has anyone experienced similar light pollution? as I am trying to get something done about them. This is a creeping pollutant.
Kind regards to all.
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Re: New street lighting

Postby dave.b » Sun May 11, 2014 7:41 pm

In short yes. The old low pressure sodium lights that gave off a narrow band orange light that could be compensated for with a sky-glow filter are being replaced with bright white street lights that are impossible to filter out. Try complaining about their intensity on the ground, poor directionality, and light pollution. However, you might stand a better chance by suggesting that the lights are dimmed (i.e. every other one switch off) from 11pm until 6am to reduce the councils carbon footprint and to save money.

Let us know how you get on.

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