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Better streetlights to free up grid

Discussion in 'Energy, Environment, and Policy' started by malcolm, Sep 27, 2008.

  1. tonybelding

    tonybelding Active Member

    Aug 17, 2006
    Hamilton, Texas
    I've been a member of the International Dark-Sky Association for years.

    I've noticed in my town most new constructions -- the new hospital, the new Alco store -- have shielded lights around their buildings and parking lots. It's a step in the right direction. However, most of the street lights around town are the same old super-cheap, inefficient, glare-in-your-eyes designs from the 1960s.

    Some of them have been switched from mercury vapor lamps to sodium lamps (yellow tint), which increases the efficiency a bit. There's still a long way to go, and basically I don't expect any big change unless the city can get some kind of grant from the state. Our local leaders love grant money: looking for grant money and applying for grants is basically all they do.

    That's why we have a new hospital, and a new high school, and a large new sports complex, and a new park, and a new library. . . none of which our town actually needed, while our water lines and street paving, neglected for decades, continue to crumble.

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