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Discussion: Street Lighting

Public street lighting helps provide residents with a feeling of safety and security at night. However, some believe that street lighting is invasive, bothersome or wasteful. 

The City is interested in what you think about street lighting.

NOTE: The City is not proposing any changes to local law at this time. By using this online discussion, feedback on topics will be compiled and given to the City Council as information only.

What kind of street lighting do you prefer?

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David Frenkel over 3 years ago

upgrade to LED lighting

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Joel Stegner, Community volunteer over 3 years ago

Upgrade to LED lighting. When it comes to sidewalks, different solutions may be available from the ones that are perfectly used that involve lighting on shorter poles with motion detection.

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Arnold Bigbee over 3 years ago

We need to get to LED lighting ASAP. Look at the gains we made at Edinborough Park by migrating to new lighting.

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Lisa Nelson over 3 years ago

Make sure that lights are truly downward focused, so we have less light pollution, but maximum visibility on the street and sidewalk.

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John Hamilton over 3 years ago

We have an excellent opportunity to upgrade our street lighting to an ornamental pole top LED downlight with buried service wiring when our streets are re-done but this opportunity is often not selected by neighborhoods. We need to find a way to make the change more palatable; or perhaps not an option. The old wooden poles and cobra-heads are just not an acceptable option in the 21st century.

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Jennifer Hennemuth over 3 years ago

I will agree that more decorative, ornamental lighting adds something extra to the "living street" concept. Personally, I am not a huge fan of LED lighting in general, but would not necessarily be opposed to it depending upon further proposals.

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Dave Bender over 3 years ago

I'm a strong proponent of the notion that light reduces crime, but I'm also sympathetic to the issue of light pollution. I think the city should look into street lighting that responds to presence -- on if there's a car within range or if people are nearby, fade to off or lower when the movement subsides. The technology seems like it exists. Less clear is whether there are tested commercial products that can do this on city streets. (I'm thinking this is for the less-trafficked neighborhood streets, not any of the main thoroughfares.)

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Cynthia Miller over 3 years ago

I think correctly focused, community LED lighting that is both decorative AND functional should be done for neighborhoods that need it for safety is the best solution. In the 21st century there should be solutions that provide safety, enhance the neighborhood appearance + home value WITHOUT causing light pollution!

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