Letters to the Editor

Street lighting

I was horrified on my drive home last night to discover that the beautiful, antique street lamps along the median of Broadway are being replaced with what appears to be football-stadium lighting.

Let me be clear at the outset: I have no problem with LED lights. I understand that they are incredibly efficient and will save money. My house is full of LEDs. They are wonderful. My problem is with the high-color-temperature LEDs being installed in the antique street lamps along Broadway and around Broadway Park.

The character of the neighborhood will be severely negatively impacted by this change. What was once a picturesque and romantic scene will be incredibly distasteful and hard to look at. The lights are so bright and so white that it will make Broadway look like an airport landing strip.

There is a simple solution to this problem, which shouldn’t cost a thing: Simply use LEDs with a lower color temperature. Amber LEDs are commonly used and function exactly the same as high-color-temperature LEDs. They cost the same to operate, they use the same amount of power, and they have the added benefit of not turning Broadway into a carnival midway.

This change is unacceptable and will not go unchallenged. The city should reconsider this decision and instead install low-color-temperature (warm) LEDs in the antique-style street lamps along Broadway and around Broadway Park.

Cameron Jennings, Bellingham

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