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    For some that might not know what a "street lamp" is I will explain. In areas like where I live, densely populated housing we got street lamps.

    I have been here for 20 years and they always had the orange tinted lamps. Before that (not here) they were white bulbs.

    Anyway, good for my City to be looking for ways of saving money.

    I Hate the Fukin new LED lamps LOL

    They are pin point and that pin point light will spark a headache.

    The problem is with the design they choose. A proper shield would keep peeps from looking directly at a very high potential LED. That is never a good thing to do.

    I think I have pics if interested. Just vent.... JR

    My old yahoo group. Bridgeport Mill Group

    https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/...port_mill/info

  • #2
    Not a fan of them LED street lights either, don't get me started with the night vision impaired drivers and their supernova headlights.

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    • #3
      Luckily I don't have street lights in my neighborhood; don't even have poles.. But the highways and towns are all pretty much LED. So glad to see the damn yellow sodium lamps gone.

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      • #4
        The LED streetlights around here are definitely not pinpoint..... they are an array maybe a foot on a side or thereabouts. Bright, but not stupid bright.

        The crazy bright arc light headlights are a real nuisance and even a danger. I don't think they are for vision impaired driver, they are just for people who want to feel "dominant" by having the brightest lights on the road. At least that is the folks who seem to have them, the ones in the high dollar luxury cars, and a few who must have retrofitted some really bright bulbs. I understood the retrofit was not legal though.

        It got significantly better in the new truck.... the lights seem to be focused in a fan that is more below my line of vision, because the new truck is almost a foot higher. I can see over the top of the cabs of S10s (those that still exist) like the one I used to have, so I think the foot higher is probably pretty close.

        That does not help when the other vehicle comes over a hill though.
        1601

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        Hashim Khan

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        • #5
          In my area, it is building code that street lamps/lights, have to shine down. Can't be any of the old type where the bulb shines in all directions below it's base. Light pollution. Not many of the old mercury vapor lamps left, most have been retrofitted with LEDs. I like the bright light instead of the old dull yellowish lights.

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          • #6
            I like'm! I'm old, the more light the better.

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            • #7
              I live on a corner lot with one of those lights. It was interesting to see how the night life changed when the installed it. The old HPS sodium lamps were a "happy hunting ground" for spiders: they would spin an 8-foot web from the tree, or from my car, to the lamp post. Bugs of all kinds had a disco club party there every night, and the spiders grew fat and happy.

              When they installed the LED lamps, all of that changed. It still attracts bugs, but they are much smaller and the spiders no longer hunt there.

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              • #8
                Good lighting designers know the difference between brightness and intensity. Brightness good. Intensity bad, but inexpensive. The lamppost style LED streetlights that we have downtown are very nice.

                The lighting at car dealerships and so forth is way worse than public street lights.

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                • #9
                  I remember going to the store late one night about 30 years ago and they had just installed the yellow sodium lights in the parking lot. I was driving a yellow VW beetle and it looked beige under those lights. I couldn't find my car. Looked right at it and said to myself, wrong color. I finally walked over to it and sure enough it was my car.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by bborr01 View Post
                    I remember going to the store late one night about 30 years ago and they had just installed the yellow sodium lights in the parking lot. I was driving a yellow VW beetle and it looked beige under those lights. I couldn't find my car. Looked right at it and said to myself, wrong color. I finally walked over to it and sure enough it was my car.
                    Thats a good one.

                    I remember when they started switching out the white street lamps with the orange sodiums. I think one of the reasons they said was because of fog. It gets foggy here.

                    The talk was the orange light was easier to see through (for driving) the fog vs the white light. Dunno if that was the case or just my memory going astray. JR
                    My old yahoo group. Bridgeport Mill Group

                    https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/...port_mill/info

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by JRouche View Post

                      Thats a good one.

                      I remember when they started switching out the white street lamps with the orange sodiums. I think one of the reasons they said was because of fog. It gets foggy here.

                      The talk was the orange light was easier to see through (for driving) the fog vs the white light. Dunno if that was the case or just my memory going astray. JR
                      You are right tht is why Old FOG lights on cars were yellow. (In case all you kids aren't old enough to remember) :-)
                      lew......

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by JRouche View Post
                        For some that might not know what a "street lamp" is I will explain. In areas like where I live, densely populated housing we got street lamps.

                        I have been here for 20 years and they always had the orange tinted lamps. Before that (not here) they were white bulbs.

                        Anyway, good for my City to be looking for ways of saving money.

                        I Hate the Fukin new LED lamps LOL

                        They are pin point and that pin point light will spark a headache.

                        The problem is with the design they choose. A proper shield would keep peeps from looking directly at a very high potential LED. That is never a good thing to do.

                        I think I have pics if interested. Just vent.... JR
                        Saving it there so they can waste it somewhere else !

                        JL...............

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by jcfx View Post
                          Not a fan of them LED street lights either, don't get me started with the night vision impaired drivers and their supernova headlights.
                          I can't stand those blinding white headlights. Worse than high beams.

                          When someone comes at me with those blinding lights I turn my high beams on.

                          JL...............

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                          • #14
                            I am sure those LED's in warm weather work fine, but let me tell you about the LED's I have on my patio, here in Green Bay Wisconsin
                            I have a string of 25 lights @ 1 watt each ( 50 feet long) circling the patio and they are on 24 x 7 .
                            In the Winter , some of the lights go out the colder it gets.
                            I have two shut off at 17 degrees (F) and a few at 5 degrees and two more 0 and then at -5 and -8
                            So at 8 below, I have eight lights out of the twenty five
                            If it gets down to -25 like a few years ago , will the whole string go out ?
                            I unscrewed the bulbs and reinstalled them in heat order, so they go out in succession on one side of the Patio
                            They turn back on about 3 to 6 degrees warmer than shutoff point
                            Rich
                            Green Bay, WI

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                            • #15
                              Just be careful it it not a police officer driving that on-coming vehicle.



                              Originally posted by JoeLee View Post
                              I can't stand those blinding white headlights. Worse than high beams.

                              When someone comes at me with those blinding lights I turn my high beams on.

                              JL...............
                              Paul A.
                              SE Texas

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