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Old 07-07-2010, 03:15 PM
 
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Hey all,

I was in the North Dallas area (mostly UP and HP) about a week ago and noticed that almost nobody had landscape lighting. I thought it was extremely odd that such a nice area wouldn't have it. I live in North Carolina and landscape lighting is a huge deal around here. Is it just not important to Texans? Could somebody shed light on this issue (pun absolutely intended)? Like I said it struck me as odd and was curious. Thanks for any input.
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Old 07-07-2010, 03:21 PM
 
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Hey all,

I was in the North Dallas area (mostly UP and HP) about a week ago and noticed that almost nobody had landscape lighting. I thought it was extremely odd that such a nice area wouldn't have it. I live in North Carolina and landscape lighting is a huge deal around here. Is it just not important to Texans? Could somebody shed light on this issue (pun absolutely intended)? Like I said it struck me as odd and was curious. Thanks for any input.
I'm surprised by this. I don't have landscape lighting (I'm north of UP), but just about everyone else around here does. Personally I prefer dark at night. LOL.
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Old 07-07-2010, 03:33 PM
 
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Hey all,

I was in the North Dallas area (mostly UP and HP) about a week ago and noticed that almost nobody had landscape lighting. I thought it was extremely odd that such a nice area wouldn't have it. I live in North Carolina and landscape lighting is a huge deal around here. Is it just not important to Texans? Could somebody shed light on this issue (pun absolutely intended)? Like I said it struck me as odd and was curious. Thanks for any input.
That is weird. Seems lik every other UP/HP home has landscape lighting.

Maybe because it's summer & getting dark after 9pm?!
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Old 07-07-2010, 03:40 PM
 
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could they be solar and down because of the cloudy days????

could the homeowners actually be trying to conserve energy???
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Old 07-07-2010, 04:03 PM
 
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could they be solar and down because of the cloudy days????

could the homeowners actually be trying to conserve energy???
I wondered about that as well, but they sure still are using their lighting in my neighborhood. While I think some of it is well done and pretty, I just wish we had less light pollution in Dallas overall. When I was a kid we could actually see the stars here. <sigh>
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Old 07-07-2010, 04:06 PM
 
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Hey all,

I was in the North Dallas area (mostly UP and HP) about a week ago and noticed that almost nobody had landscape lighting. I thought it was extremely odd that such a nice area wouldn't have it. I live in North Carolina and landscape lighting is a huge deal around here. Is it just not important to Texans? Could somebody shed light on this issue (pun absolutely intended)? Like I said it struck me as odd and was curious. Thanks for any input.
That is weird. Seems lik every other UP/HP home has landscape lighting.

Maybe because it's summer & getting dark after 9pm?!
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Old 07-07-2010, 04:08 PM
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It seems like a waste of electricity - and 'light pollution' too. I'd rather sit out in my backyard and see the stars... vs. irritating 'spot lights' coming from neighbors' houses.
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Old 07-07-2010, 04:49 PM
 
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"Moonlighting" - mercury vapor lights directed down from high branches in the trees is popular in those places..see:

http://www.watsonlighting.com/


I like it but yes, I really prefer it dark - I like to go out and look at the moon - true can't see the stars as well as in the 60s and 70s. I can remember going out as a kid and looking up in the stars because the Gemini and Apollo astronauts were up there...I really thought I could see them on the moon with my binoculars (of course I was into "Lost In Space").
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Old 07-07-2010, 06:13 PM
 
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I'd say about half the people in my neighborhood have landscape lighting. It's pretty, but what a waste of money. My house is completely black at night.
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