(Jim) at Motley
Fool linked to the last LED lighting post.
Apparently he tracks the Cree Inc. stock. Anyway,
he linked to a site that has more information on the Ann
street light project.
of their interview with one of Ann Arbor’s asistant managers, Mike
The test site has been up for awhile. What are the results of this
Let’s talk about the cobra head first. We are getting excellent reports
that we don’t have any light trespass. LED lighting is very
directional. We can control the overspill of light, preventing the
light from shining on the lawn, on to the house faces, waking up little
Jr. sleeping. Some of the residents have expressed concern
it’s not shining light on their front door anymore. But, as a
municipality, our true lighting requirement is the roadway and our
right of way. We are not in the business of lighting up front doors and
garages. We encourage residents to use their front porch lights and
architectural lighting, as needed, for safety. As a city, we are
responsible for the greater number; and the greater number has asked us
to keep the light out of their windows.
Now, for the downtown globes, the response has been extremely positive.
We have a web address to e-mail comments. We have posted signs in the
test areas telling people to e-mail us their “feelings,” what they
truly think. So far it has been 98% positive. They like it.
We have had energy commissioners, people from Ontario, and from all
over come to look at this test site to see what’s going on, what it
looks like. I’ve even spoken with the merchants who have the
lights in front of their stores. Most didn’t even know we changed the
lights. The trained eye looks at them and notices something is
different; but people walking down the street don’t notice if they are
not looking upward. The light output on the ground is the same as we
were putting out before; but there is no light shining up toward the
upper floors. We have a lot of downtown lofts, and the residents are
much happier. We used to receive a lot of complaints. They are now
experiencing darkness at night.
Sounds highly positive. Merchants like it, residents like it,
the city managers like it. It saves money. Pollutes