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15 years 2 months ago - 15 years 2 months ago #76108 by lunartic_old
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Hi there

The streetlight that sits no more than 5 metres from my back garden was out for a couple of weeks, oh happy days, last night I came home to find it was repaired, they didn't repair it with a orange light, it was one of the newer white lights and this is what I got:



This thing blazes into my back garden, through the frosted glass on the back door and it is brighter, considerably brighter, than the full moon. Here is my shadow from this light:



They did not replace the lamp pole, it was the original, just the light itself, they put in new poles and lights around the area and you can clearly see the different angles.the newer lights are more towards the 90 degrees, the older one has a steeper angle.




This is the bulb used in both:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3459/3230439743_28f88f51cb.jpg?v=0

This light will mean that it almost impossible to observe from my back garden without the expense of building light shields.

Have I any recourse with the council about this light?
Is there any law that deals with this problem?

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Paul

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15 years 2 months ago #76109 by Frank Ryan
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If you ring, or better still, call into the council office and
explain to them that the light is too bright for where it is.
Tell them it floods your property and is a nuisance to you both in the sense of privacy and an interruption of sleep.
They should be able to change it easy enough.
ATB with it.

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15 years 2 months ago #76110 by albertw
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lunartic wrote:


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The plan for a lot of councils with ESB as the contractor is to use these FCO's rather than the older lights. Great for reducing skyglow but not so good if you are in the light cone.

Your best approach would be to ask the council about shielding it from going into your property.

Albert White MSc FRAS
Chairperson, International Dark Sky Association - Irish Section
www.darksky.ie/

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15 years 2 months ago #76114 by lunartic_old
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I contacted Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Council and got to talk to someone, who didn't really understand what my complaint was, he said he would pass my complaint onto the engineer when he came in later that day, I asked could I speak to him and was told no, perhaps he doesn't speak to the little people. I left my number and I was assured that I would be contacted, I asked when and I was not given a time, so I don't intend to hold my breath.

I'll contact them again on Thursday to see if there was any contact, if not I'll drop down to their offices next Tuesday morning.

Checking the council's website they have regulations against air pollution and noise pollution, light pollution doesn't exist in their world.

Paul

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15 years 2 months ago #76116 by lunartic_old
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I've decided to contact my local Green councillor in the hope that he might be able to do something. Remember there's local elections in the summer.

Paul

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15 years 2 months ago #76117 by Keith g
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Good luck Paul, persistance is key here, tell them you find it objectionable.

Keith..

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