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Energy-efficient streetlights may change color of light pollution

National Geographic -- The night sky may glow bluer as yellow-orange streetlights are gradually replaced by whiter, energy-saving lights, a new study says.

Light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, cast a bluish glow in the sky and are about 20 percent more efficient than industry-standard streetlamps, that generate red-colored light pollution.

With LED efficiency expected to double to 40 percent in a few years, it's inevitable that governments worldwide will opt to save energy by switching to LEDs, which also last longer and require less maintenance.

"The likely worldwide transition to increased LED street lighting may have an effect on research topics as diverse" as disruptions of animals' circadian rhythms and air pollution, the study authors write.

For the study, the researchers built an inexpensive device


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Submitted Aug 20, 2012 By: Martinman
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2012 6:08:24 AM

as long as things don't change too badly or we might not be able to identify the crook's clothing colors after a crime.
honda0105
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 6:01:38 AM

thanks for posting. Arizona has already done it. Though it's to help the astronomers who flock there for clean air to do some good research, it's still a good idea to reduce light pollution.
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 12:17:29 AM


Good article Martin....interesting!
sparky808
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 1:29:26 PM

Thank you for posting.
sparky808
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2012 1:27:22 PM

Price of progress.
nickatnite
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2012 1:22:19 PM

More energy-efficient lighting is always the way to go.
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2012 12:09:01 AM

I don't know about this, different cities have different color of streelights - some sodium-vapor some mercury vapor. The switch to LEDs should be made when cost effective.
kgbellman
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2012 12:07:51 AM

I'm glad as I prefer the more true white light and have never liked the yellowish light. Interesting study that should continue.
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2012 12:07:47 AM

Ok
Ahking
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2012 12:06:15 AM

hope the sea turtles survive the LED.
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2012 12:04:46 AM

ok
Godozo
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2012 12:00:14 AM

Wonder what will happen when/if they figure out how to make a yellower light from the LEDs. Blue lights at night affect my ability to drive, have less of a problem with green or pinkish lights.
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ok
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2012 11:57:52 PM

I hate sodium-vapor now. I like the silvery glow of LEDs much better.
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2012 11:57:30 PM

Unintended consequences.
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ok
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2012 11:54:21 PM

yea.....that
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kgbellman
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2012 11:51:54 PM

I'm glad as I preferthe more true white light and have never liked the yellowish light. Interesting study that should continue.
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2012 11:51:13 PM

If LED's come down in price, more people will definitely be using them.
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2012 11:50:06 PM

I have some LED flashlights and they sure do produce a lot of light. My monitor is also and LED and it is brighter and uses less electricity compared to a tube or LCD monitor. The idea of using LED lights may work.
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2012 11:49:49 PM

My circadian rhythms could use some adjustment. Maybe I will see if I can change the CFL in the coach lamp in front of my house with a bluer shaded LED... that light coming in the window at night can be a bit annoying.
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2012 11:49:39 PM

Okay.
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2012 11:48:54 PM

cool
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2012 11:43:05 PM

Austin was known as the "Violet Crown" because of the moon towers that were placed all over the city decades ago. from a long distance across TX you'd see the violet glow!
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2012 11:40:38 PM

Good news, I think.
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2012 11:37:35 PM

O.K.
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2012 11:36:49 PM

MORE B.S.!!!!!!!
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2012 11:34:32 PM

Good I hate the orange ones.
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2012 11:33:22 PM

Glare problems are color ignorant. Blue lights can cause more glare than reddish ones if thew latter are aimed properly and the former not.
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2012 11:32:42 PM

It makes no difference here, these street lights are on 24/7; you can phone to complain, they don't do a thing about lights burning all day. Here, these street lights burn and no civic elected person bothers to get them shut off. So energy-efficient or not, what we really need is energy-efficient employees.
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2012 11:32:00 PM

Until they find something better.

[Edited by: mrbee at 8/20/2012 11:32:38 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2012 11:31:35 PM

With all the savings will we see a reduction in electricity costs? I think not. I should have installed solar long ago, by now it would have paid for itself.
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OK Then !
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2012 11:29:45 PM

What next?
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2012 11:28:53 PM

So what?
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if it makes sense then most gov'ts will take forever to make the move!
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gas prices???
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2012 11:25:43 PM

Red light is good because it helps preserve your night vision. I was on nuclear submarines when I was in the Navy and they always rigged the control room for red lights or the OOD wore red goggles during the night watch hours to make sure they had good night vision if they had to look out the pericope.

So when we go from an area with the new "bluer" LED lights to a darker area our night vision will possibly be wiped out for several minutes...
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2012 11:23:17 PM

We have those now and they do put out more of a blueish light.
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2012 11:22:35 PM

now we can have blue lightlight pollution---is that a blue light special?
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ok
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gas prices?
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Ok
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2012 11:07:41 PM

Moving from lighted to unlighted areas with these so called bright lights will be a safety issue. How long will it take you to adjust to the changes and what will it do to your reaction time driving at night.
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have a holly jolly christmas....in the jungle
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amazing
Livewire50
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2012 11:03:54 PM

When LED lighting becomes less expensive everyone will be using it even in our homes because it is cheaper to operate and lasts much longer than all other types of lighting.
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