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Street lighting - My options?

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I have seen a number of cases where councils across Ireland have erected a metal plate to block out light from street lights, where a resident has cited light pollution as a problem.

I contacted my local council on this matter, who forwarded my request onto the relevant engineers who manage the street lights (Airtricity). The engineer stated that the bulbs in question were different, and that the ones in my estate do not cause light pollution. Now obviously, that is entirely subjective - but in my case - I see the lights as producing light pollution.

Where do I stand to have the light deflected from my home, or what other options are available to me?
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Replied by johnob on topic Re: Street lighting - My options?

Airtricity engineer actually gave me a call this moment and is going to try resolve it for me :) Will await and see how it goes!
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Replied by mykc on topic Re: Street lighting - My options?

Interesting that they are so responsive. Fingers crossed that you will get a positive outcome. What reason did you give for wanting to reduce the light pollution?

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Replied by johnob on topic Re: Street lighting - My options?

I was just honest and said that I had upgraded my astronomy setup, and that the light pollution made it almost impossible to use it. I initially contacted the council, who forwarded onto my request to an Airtricity engineer. I explained my situation, and then he gave me a call. Very nice chap and very understanding. He said that I will need to discuss it with my neighbours as we share the light, and beyond that - he said it would take about 10 days to resolve.

Said a sheet of metal could be attached at night to ensure the light is blocked sufficiently.

I think that if people have problems with street lights, they should not be passive about it - but be courteous to the council and try come to an arrangement.

I hope I can get it sorted, as it will drastically improve my seeing conditions.
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Replied by johnob on topic Re: Street lighting - My options?

Airtricity guys are there now at the moment sorting it out for me :) Happy days!
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Astronomy 1 light pollution 0 :)
Well the score is highly debatable but it's nice to hear that at least something is done!
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Replied by johnob on topic Re: Street lighting - My options?

I guess I'll figure out tonight how effective it is. Essentially, they aimed the street light away from my garden (it's at an angle), and put some sort of black material over the back of the light. Hopefully it will do the job :)
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Replied by johnob on topic Re: Street lighting - My options?

Just checked it there - seems to have done the job. No light at all in my garden. Victory!
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Replied by DaveGrennan on topic Re: Street lighting - My options?

Well done John, great result. Bet your a happy camper!
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Incredibly Dave! Light was so bright, it literally stopped me from observing 1 quarter of the sky. Not to mention, made it impossible for my eyes to adjust to the darkness.
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