Seattle's New LED Streetlights are Unpleasant

 Mary Travers
Mary Travers 65 Comments
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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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  • denise
    denise United States, Bainbridge Island
    Sep 20, 2017
    Sep 20, 2017
    Suquamish WA placed 2 monster street lights/pole on residence property, obnoxious lights glaring down my street - they all but blind you looking out the window at night. Its so ridiculous and annoying.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Aug 16, 2017
    Aug 16, 2017
    Not to mention, according to an insect control agent, that night pollinators are heavily affected, do not go out and pollinate!! This led lighting is an environmental mess! Pollinators and all fauna, including birds, are stressed already. Now scientists have to waste government dollars on studying the effects of these lights on humans and animals! Who is making millions vonvincing the municipal governments to pay for this switch. Wr all suffer! Governments will just have to switch back when the dcience is out!
  • Laurens Banker
    Laurens Banker United States, Issaquah
    Apr 27, 2017
    Apr 27, 2017
    Way too bright
  • Gerlinde Whetzell
    Gerlinde Whetzell United States, Seattle
    Apr 21, 2017
    Apr 21, 2017
    We had a major glaring issue with the new LED street lamps. They blinded us in our condo and made the evenings very unpleasant. When researching how other people coped with this problem, I noticed a post here that recommended to touch bases with Stephen.Crume@seattle.gov. I finally e-mailed him on Easter Sunday (with lamp post numbers, description of the issues and attached photos) and received a friendly reply the next morning with the promise that he would investigate. Then, on the next day, two engineers worked on our issue. They took care of one of our problems, but the family room still had some glaring issues, reduced but not completely eliminated. We reported back to Mr. Crume and he sent his crew out again, within two days. At that time, the engineers changed out both of the lamps and now we have no glaring issues whatsoever. Two thumbs up on the outstanding service from Seattle Lights. The responsiveness was impressive. The employees really care. We feel lucky that our issues are completely resolved - within four days after first contacting Mr. Crume.
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