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Street lights poll

Poll #1667688 Street lights poll

Would you like there to be street lights where you live?

Yes, and they should be switched on for as long as it is dark
6(66.7%)
Yes, but they should be switched off at midnight or similar
1(11.1%)
No, not at all
2(22.2%)

Comments

( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
parrot_knight
Jan. 14th, 2011 02:51 am (UTC)
There are street lights where I live; and I am happy for them to be switched on all night. They are fairly dim, but enough to help those arriving late or leaving early to get to their cars or see where the footpath is.
miss_next
Jan. 14th, 2011 07:30 am (UTC)
Same here. There are always people in the world who have to be out at unsociable hours because they work odd shifts. I'd certainly want to look at cheaper ways of powering them in the long term (I'm sure there are now more energy-efficient bulbs available than those horrible orange sodium things), but I think switching them off at midnight would be a false economy.
pellegrina
Jan. 14th, 2011 07:47 am (UTC)
Argh. I hate the light pollution but would be frankly frightened to walk out at night without streetlights.
clarienne
Jan. 14th, 2011 08:55 am (UTC)
Agree, and with what miss_next wrote. Admittedly we all live in urban areas - I can see a village might have a different view.
bunn
Jan. 14th, 2011 09:28 am (UTC)
I wonder in which areas the fears are real, and where they are mostly in the mind (and, how you would make the distinction). I think fear of the dark is a very powerful built-in thing.

When I was growing up, we lived in a village which had 11 street lights, and I can remember that on nights where there was no moon, walking outside the streetlights was a bit of a psychological barrier: we'd take our dogs 'to the last light' for their evening walk, in the winter, even though we had torches and there was no noticeable level of crime in the area.

I can see on one level that the dark might actually make life harder for muggers (less easy to see your target and know if torch is held by 6 foot wrestler or 4 foot slip of a girl..).

Of course if you do trip over something in the dark and bang your head, then I guess you are less likely to be spotted and help summoned...

I remember a friend of mine who was afraid of driving on a non-streetlit motorway, which I thought odd : on a road that wide, streetlights are useful for the emergency services, but where there are no pedestrians and relatively few and very well spaced junctions, street lights add little to visibility as everything on the road is covered in lights anyway.
wellinghall
Jan. 14th, 2011 05:55 pm (UTC)
My parents' village has a grand total of about three streetlights; my grandmother's, about four.
bunn
Jan. 14th, 2011 08:57 am (UTC)
We don't have lights and I don't want them : I can take a torch if I need one and cars have headlights anyway.

Less sure about it in cities though.
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wellinghall
Jan. 14th, 2011 05:33 pm (UTC)
What I would like are low-energy streetlights, designed to cast their light downwards and so avoid light pollution. But it ain't going to happen anytime soon.

Many residential / commercial areas are now pretty brightly lit for much of the night anyway, from house / shop / security lights.

Edited at 2011-01-14 05:56 pm (UTC)
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