Tag Archives: LED Lights

LIVE BLOGGING FROM NEW LED STREET LIGHTS

I am not exactly sure what we are comparing as light number one is one large bulb, light number two is three bulbs, and light numbers three and four each have four bulbs.

LED ligh Gloucester ©Kim Smith 2015New LED Light above

Streetlight Gloucester ©Kim Smith 2015Existing Light

I would describe the color of the LED lights not as blueish as I have heard described, but greenish. They appear extremely harsh, with an eerie and unwelcoming quality.

URGENT IMPORTANT CITIZEN INPUT NEEDED REGARDING NEW STREETLIGHTS

I LOVE CHANGE, CHANGE FOR THE BETTER THAT IS. IS THIS A CHANGE FOR THE BETTER? ARE WE COMMITTED TO THE NEW STREET LIGHTS? HOW DO YOU FEEL LED LIGHTS WILL AFFECT THE QUALITY OF YOUR LIFE IN OUR COMMUNITY, WHETHER 4000K OR 3000K OR NO CHANGE?
buenos-aires-led-street-lamps-01.jpg.662x0_q70_crop-scaleTwo variations on LED streetlights being considered by the city have been set up for evaluation. The test installations are the first four lights on the west side of Washington Street just south of Gee Avenue.There are two types, rated at 3,000 degrees Kelvin and 4,000 degrees Kelvin. The “color” of the light is slightly different between the two types.

People concerned about light pollution and the effect of the lights on wildlife have been advocating for the 3,000K lights. Send your comments to Matt Coogan in the City’s Planning Department. His email address is:

MCoogan@gloucester-ma.gov

Above image courtesy google image search.

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Map courtesy Paul Morrison via FB

PLEASE READ THIS OPINION PERTAINING TO THE EXPERIENCE OF OTHER COMMUNITIES WITH THE LED LIGHTS
Ruining That Moody Urban Glow

OCT. 17, 2015

…In interviews with the media, my fellow experimental subjects have compared the nighttime environment under the new streetlights to a film set, a prison yard, “a strip mall in outer space” and “the mother ship coming in for a landing” in “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.” Although going half-blind at 58, I can read by the beam that the new lamp blasts into our front room without tapping our own Con Ed service. Once the LEDs went in, our next-door neighbor began walking her dog at night in sunglasses.

Medical research has firmly established that blue-spectrum LED light can disrupt sleep patterns. This is the same illumination that radiates in far smaller doses from smartphone and computer screens, to which we’re advised to avoid exposure for at least an hour before bed, because it can suppress the production of melatonin. The tribute to “the city that never sleeps” was meant to celebrate a vibrant cultural night life — not a town of hollow-eyed “Walking Dead” insomniacs.

While the same light has also been associated with increased risk of breast cancer and mood disorders, in all honesty my biggest beef with LEDs has nothing to do with health issues. These lights are ugly. They’re invasive. They’re depressing. New York deserves better.

CONTINUE READING HERE

Beautiful Dark Skies Over Gloucester

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Halibut Point State Park Observation Tower, photo by Roger Porter of GAAC with the Milky Way on a typical summer night.

 The Boston Globe reported on July 26 that Gloucester has been awarded $240,000.00 to convert streetlights to LEDs; the move is reportedly expected to save the city $130,000.00 annually on its electric bill. This is great news, but only if we’re careful with the type of LEDs that we wind up with.LEDs are by nature rich in blue light. And shining blue light around at night is a terrible idea.The sky is blue in the daytime because blue light from the sun is scattered in the atmosphere most easily. This is, unfortunately, also true at night — the blue light component of streetlights is scattered in the atmosphere and produces sky glow, which blocks out the stars and causes glare. Glare is bad for drivers, and for birds and other living things that need the dark, and for other natural resources, including the night-time sky.

The more blue light, the fewer stars we can see. We could easily lose one of Cape Ann’s great tourist attractions, our rich night skies, in the transition to the wrong LEDs. Most folks never get to see the Milky Way, but we see it all the time; tourists are often quite surprised at the beauty of our night skies. But once the stars are gone, they’re gone. Go to Boston, for example, and look up.

The good news is that in addition to saving money, we can have more environmentally-friendly lighting by being smart about our choice of LEDs. Here’s how: the amount of blue light produced by streetlights is measured by color temperature. 4000k lighting has a lot of blue light mixed in; this is obvious to the eye. 3000k lighting or lower produces a warmer color and is not just more pleasing to the eye, but better for you, for nocturnal wildlife, and much better for our night time skies.

We encourage readers of GMG to write or call the folks who will be involved in choosing our new LED streetlights, and to ask them to choose lower glare, healthier, and more night-sky friendly 3000k lights over blue-light rich 4000k lighting. 

Northern Lights over Lanes Cove by Roger Porter of GAAC

Northern Lights over Lanes Cove by Roger Porter of GAAC

The undersigned GAAC members, active astronomers in the area, sprinkled all over the North Shore and beyond, consider Cape Ann as the best viewing in New England.  At least once a month we drag our telescopes, large and small, to the north east corner of Cape Ann for the incredible dark sky that we have here. GAAC shows the night sky to hundreds and hundreds of folks from here and away every year, and we’ve seen the night sky disappear in too many other locations. Let’s not let this happen to Cape Ann.

Michael Deneen, Boxford
Patrick Amoroso, Boston
Nanette Benoit, Gloucester
Brendan Desmond, Gloucester
Gage Desmond, Gloucester
Rick Eliot, Rockport
Lisa Hahn, Rockport
Kathleen Henneberry, Peabody
Edward Henneberry, Peabody
Andrea Johnston, Salem
Jim Koerth, Rockport
Karen Koerth, Rockport
Stephen Kolaczkowski, Beverly
Elaine Kolaczkowski, Beverly
Michael Kulick, Manchester
Michele Kulick, Manchester
Greg Lipshutz, Newton
Gregory Lippolis, Newton
Francesco Lucente Stabile, Boston
Dick Luecke, Gloucester
Gary Meehan, Danvers
Paul Morrison & RD, Rockport
Mario Motta, Gloucester
Roger Porter, Gloucester
Virginia Renehan, Gloucester
Christie Wight, Manchester
Allen Winter, Salem
Susannah Wolfe.  Gloucester

Made In Gloucester! NightSUPs Gonna Be Huge!!!!!!

Cape Ann SUP is manufacturing Stand Up Paddle Boards With LED Lights Built Into Them!!

This is home grown genius and is going to BLOW UP!

They get a manufacturing facility going  and it’s gonna blow up mark my words!

From the website-

Check Out Cape Ann SUP Website Here For More Info

"THE NIGHTSUP" 

THE FIRST STAND UP PADDLEBOARD WITH INTEGRATED RUNNING LIGHTS
OBSERVE FISH AND WILDLIFE LIKE NEVER BEFORE
IN AVERAGE WATER CONDITIONS THIS BOARD CREATES A 30’  BUBBLE OF ILLUMINATION AROUND THE BOARD
11’6" AND 12′ MODELS AVAILABLE
1, 3 OR 6 HOUR BATTERY
COLOR CHANGING LIGHTS, CONTROLLERS, REMOTE CONTROLS,..ETC…
MADE TO LAST WITH QUALITY COMPONENTS
180 DAY LIMITED WARRANTY
CALL IF YOU NEED EVEN MORE OPTIONS     978-233-1787

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Stand Up Paddling at night?  Seriously???  Tyler tells me you would not believe how the fish are attracted to the lights under the board.  It is absolutely wild. 

Like you are walking on top of an aquarium like Jesus!