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Seattle's New LED Streetlights are Unpleasant

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This is a petition to the Seattle City Council, Mayor Ed Murray and Seattle City Light addressing the installation of LED street lamps in strictly residential areas. We find these lights to be offensive for different reasons, not all of us for the same reason, but among the ones we’ve heard are: 1. Intensity. They are far too bright. They obscure the night sky from below and create sharp and distinct shadows of cars, trees, etc. Some of us have taken to wearing beaked caps, like baseball caps, to walk through the neighborhood at night. 2.Glare. The light bounces off any metal object (as in, cars) and against the wet pavement to create an unpleasant reflection up. 3.Expanse. Their cone of bright light is broad. (E.g., the streetlight at 50th Ave South and Lake Washington Boulevard now lights up the entire beach and bench area at the lake across the boulevard. It’s like sitting in a soccer field.) 4.Color. The Engineer’s prepared response about the “color temperature that is similar to moonlight” and the 60% less energy use and the patronizing tone of your email instructing all of us on this. From the letter from the Joint Use and Streetlight Engineering Manager at City Light: “I hope that you can understand the reasons for this change and that you can appreciate some of the benefits these new lights will provide.” “I hope you can appreciate” is veiled scorn, as anyone can see. The “will provide” tells us exactly how our complaints are heard. There will be no change, as far as City Light is concerned. 5. Intrusiveness. Where people have complained about the light intrusiveness into the house in an area of dark (along or in view of Lake Washington) and where people often had no curtains but now have had to cover their windows instead of keeping their view, we are told the Resident Engineer will check it out and then told he found it “not overly lit.” We request the city, through whatever means are effective, to address this issue. We are paying large taxes. This is a quality of life and ambience issue for people living in formerly light-quiet neighborhoods. While the lights may meet your engineering criteria, they do not meet the happiness quotient. We are not happy with the amber, sweetly lighting lamps being replaced with these howling, though energy-efficient, streetlights. Many of us would like to go back, but all of us want something (filters? a lesser light?) done before summer. These lights do not work, no matter what the Lighting Engineers say.

ledstreetlightsseattle@gmail.com This is an email created specifically for this petition.

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Mary Travers maryptravers@gmail.com

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March 6
The city can install shields and reduce driver output. Email Stephen.Crume@seattle.gov with the post number and the address and area affected by the light. My home is now in blissful dark again.
  • Deborah Moran
    Deborah Moran United States, Houston
    May 25, 2016
    May 25, 2016
    We are having the same problem in Houston. More is not necessarily better for the best visibility at night. Please consult with lighting engineers who are familiar with the particular characteristics of LEDs and possibly consider the new Cree RSW line of LED street lights which were designed to address complaints such as these.
  • Kathleen Mason
    Kathleen Mason United States, Kirkland
    Apr 03, 2016
    Apr 03, 2016
    These lights are too bright! I've had to buy blackout curtains to be able to sleep. They also block the stars. They are most definitely not an improvement.
  • Laurie Ross
    Laurie Ross United States, Seattle
    Jan 22, 2016
    Jan 22, 2016
    These are terrible. There's not a room in the house that doesn't get shadows cast from fixtures thirty yards away. I can't see anything but LIGHTS when I walk down the street. I can't see anything but flckering shadows at street corners when I'm driving - it certainly doesn't increase pedestrian visibility.
  • Amy Wimmer
    Amy Wimmer United States, Seattle
    Jan 13, 2016
    Jan 13, 2016
    These new LED lights are so blindingly bright I now have to put my sun visor down on my car while driving at night. This feels very dangerous and I am afraid I will miss seeing a pedestrian or animal and hit one or both. I want to be able to see the stars at night, not just these obnoxious blue lights. I now have to use double layers of blackout curtains on my bedroom windows so I can sleep. Take them away!
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