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matt c

Strange new street light

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Hi everyone just thought I'd post some pictures of the new lights being installed around my house....

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They're pretty strange looking and look as though they'll direct the light straight downwards where it's supposed to be aimed. Has anyone else seen these yet?

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They look like these WRTL Exterior Lighting - Street lighting I Main road lighting I Side road lighting from Indal WRTL . In there promotional 'blurb' they do make positive reference to light pollution and the Campaign for Dark Skies but also make a slight play on crime in the community and lighting too . Hope that they are an improvement . It is a tricky path with getting the light on the ground and not up into the sky .

The LED light may well be 'whiter' and thus difficult to filter out when imaging.

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I hope these lights actually help keep light from beaming up into the sky, it definitely looks the part :o

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With this new technology, I wonder what percentage light pollution is cut? Surely you can't ever get rid of light bouncing off the concrete into the night sky?

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They have some of these in Kings Lynn shopping area. DO NOT look up at them, the led's are blindingly bright.

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Beats me why they can't just turn the things off in *most* places / residential areas after a given time (say midnight or 01:00). Pet hate in case you hadn't guessed.

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Pet hate in case you hadn't guessed.

You'll find that 100% of Stargazers Lounge forum members agree. :o You're in good company.

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Regardless of the technology, lights use energy. Engergy costs money. Councils don't have money. Present them with a few sums on cost saving. I'm struggling along with my county council on this issue. Keep nagging and plugging and they wil eventually take notice.

Old fashioned mercury and sodium lights are relatively easy to filter out. High pressure sodium, halogen and led are a big big problem.

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Matt, Did you get out observing last night, and what was the verdict?

Nah haze and cloud set in pretty early, I'm waiting for the light installed in my back garden to be turned on so I can asses the damage. I'm not sure how to cope with such a bright light nearby, maybe I'll put a sheet over my head and flock my dob (when I get one). Or maybe an angle grinder might do the trick :o

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