New LED street lights shining in Brooklyn homes
May 7, 2019
Brooklyn residents say the new LED lights are blinding and shining right into their homes.
Greater Brooklyn Residents Association committee member Catharine Underwood had an LED street light shining directly into her house. She emailed the Wellington City Council about it and it dimmed the particular light outside her house.
She first noticed how bright it was when she was having to put her visor down when driving home from her night job. “It’s unbelievably like daytime,” she said.
She lives near Washington Avenue, a main road which she said appeared to be one of the brightest in Brooklyn. Underwood said the problems are “they’ve made them higher and actually brighter so they shine in your eyes.”
Residents on Washington Avenue said they noticed the LED lights were a lot brighter than sodium lights. Five residents had problems with lights shining into their homes.
Kate Campbell said she had to purchase blackout curtains to avoid the light streaming into her bedroom. “It’s insane. They’re very bright.”
Howard Taylor said the lights were “very bright” and would shine into their house. “We didn’t like them to start with but we’ve grown accustomed to them. It [the light] is shaded with a bit of tree.”
However, three of five residents didn’t mind the brightness if it had increased security so people could see where they were going at night.
City councillor Chris Calvi-Freeman said the complaints of the bright LED lights didn’t surprise him. He said there was a group who had said the lights were too bright and another had said they were too dim.
Although they couldn’t satisfy everyone, he believed there were more advantages to having LED lights and a different lens could always be put in. He said that pedestrian safety on main roads was more important than being able to see the night sky.
The implementation of the lights had been a progression and the Council was still ironing out the faults. “One by one we are solving problems.” The council had aimed to change the levels of lights on a case by case basis.