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View Poll Results: What's your opinion of LED streetlights?
Yeah 18 62.07%
Meh 3 10.34%
Nah 8 27.59%
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Old 05-08-2019, 08:04 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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LED traffic and street lights have been around for a while now. However, there are street lights that are warmer (don't have the blue color), and look much like incandescent light bulbs. The blue LED light is the hardest on one's vision.
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Old 05-08-2019, 08:05 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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I hate them, love LEDs, got them in my home, but seems the people who do the street lights/walkway lights have zero clue regarding LED temperatures. If they would use a warmer one it would be great, but the ones they use just outputs the worse lighting.
Good points.
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Old 05-08-2019, 08:24 PM
 
Location: Crook County, Illinois
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I think the main concern is the color temperature. So, why not install 2300-2500 bulbs and everyone will be happy? Still bright, still energy saving and long living, but more eye-friendly and somehow more pleasant to look at. The white/bluish light is weird to look at night. We don't need to make day of a night...
Proper spacing is also important. They shouldn't just replace bulbs in existing lamp posts. They are way to close to each other.
Yes, exactly! I have no problem with the idea of LED's. It's the color temperature that grinds my gears. It reminds me of a hospital operating room, rather than a warm glow of a fire. So if they could have LED's that shine in the same spectrum as high-pressure sodium bulbs, it would be the best of both worlds. When I was young enough to go clubbing, the warm glow of sodium streetlights set a happy mood for a fun night out. (Only for it to be dashed by the women rejecting me, but I digress.)

Heck, this was already done for Christmas lights. When white LED Christmas lights first came out, people complained that the lights are too hospital-like, and kept buying old-style incandescent lights. So the manufacturers got their act together, and came out with warm white LED lights. (Cool white LED lights are still made, since there are people who want them.) So why can't the same be done with streetlight LED's? Maybe because municipalities don't care and people don't care to complain.
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Old 05-08-2019, 10:46 PM
 
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I think the main concern is the color temperature. So, why not install 2300-2500 bulbs and everyone will be happy? Still bright, still energy saving and long living, but more eye-friendly and somehow more pleasant to look at. The white/bluish light is weird to look at night. We don't need to make day of a night...
Proper spacing is also important. They shouldn't just replace bulbs in existing lamp posts. They are way to close to each other.
I always thought if they could take those baseball field lights and set them up high enough... we could have daylight on the interstate... still wouldn't make good drivers out of bad LOL

https://www.scientificamerican.com/a...y-to-fix-them/

I'd be okay with any color, I have very very white headlights that I am practically in love with (just bought my first car with HID, no more halogens!)
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Old 05-09-2019, 08:58 AM
 
Location: Living on the Coast in Oxnard CA
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Our city has changed to them. In the intersections they have increased the light output making it easier to see, especially for someone that is crossing the street. I like having them.
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Old 05-09-2019, 09:17 AM
 
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Our city recently replaced ALL streetlights with LEDs and I really like them. They aren't "mood" lights, they are STREET lights and they seem to do that chore well. Smaller, and use less energy, and the light goes DOWN, not up into the sky, something I appreciate as an amateur astronomer. They get my vote!
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Old 05-09-2019, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Crook County, Illinois
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They aren't "mood" lights, they are STREET lights and they seem to do that chore well.
Well, yeah. But you still gotta LIVE in the city. So wouldn't you want something with a comforting glow?
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Old 05-09-2019, 02:44 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, Tx
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Can't stand them. I am all about LED lights and have them everywhere I can but as a street light they seem to put out zero light. Instead of lighting up a sidewalk you now have pockets of spot lights.
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Old 05-09-2019, 03:28 PM
 
Location: Austin
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Warm street lights exist and they can have diffusers, but people in charge in cities don't even know what warm light means. Most people have 'daylight' bulbs in their houses because they think it must be better
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Old 05-09-2019, 03:48 PM
 
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2700K LEDs are definitely more appealing to the eye. The technology is pretty cheap these days, so a wholesale swap is very affordable.
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