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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.
  • Mary Merlino
    Mary Merlino United States, Seattle
    Jun 30, 2016
    Jun 30, 2016
    Two on one corner were put in tonight on Minor and Seneca. Unlivable.
  • Joshua olsen
    Joshua olsen United States, Seattle
    Jun 29, 2016
    Jun 29, 2016
    Far too bright for use near apartment building Windows.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Jun 21, 2016
    Jun 21, 2016
    I live at 120 NW 39th St in Fremont and we've lost a ton of sleep due to the installation of these lights. This can't be good for our health.
  • Sylvain Galineau
    Sylvain Galineau United States, Seattle
    Jun 20, 2016
    Jun 20, 2016
    These lights have recently be installed on the utility pole in front of our house. Even with blinds fully down, our bedroom is bright enough we clearly see everything in the room at night.
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    Mary Merlino United States
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