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Some say L.A.'s new energy-saving street lights are just too bright

June 2, 2010 |  7:42 am

Light show

Most talk glowingly about their neighborhoods' new nighttime look. But some residents are taking a dim view of bright new streetlights that are popping up across Los Angeles.

Energy-saving light-emitting diode fixtures are being placed on 140,000 of the city's roadside light poles in a retrofitting that engineers say will cut power usage by at least 40% and eventually save taxpayers an estimated $10 million a year.

Besides being cheaper to operate, the new LED lamps shine a whiter, wider and more even splash of light across residential streets.

The lights are being welcomed by most. Others grumble that the LEDs shine through their windows "like floodlights."

Some who live in the tightly packed Venice area where homes closely line narrow streets complain that the new streetlights are overkill.

"I thought Jesus was coming to my house on Saturday night … then I realized the city had replaced my streetlight with an LED laser beam!!!!!" one resident ranted on a community website. It's "like the police helicopter is just parked permanently over the house."

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--Bob Pool

Photo: A new LED light, top, contrasts with a traditional sodium light.  Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times