Tuesday, April 28, 2015
New streetlights are headache-inducing
It’s a bold plan: Replace all 250,000 city streetlamps by 2017 to reduce New York’s carbon footprint.
The $75 million plan, lead by the Department of Transporation, is already underway. For those who live in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn, the new lights have already been installed. But residents say that when the sun goes down, it doesn’t quite feel like nighttime anymore, thanks to the new LED lights.
In fact, the lights are so bright, they are casting shadows and glare onto the houses themselves.
“Walking around at night, I have to wear sunglasses, otherwise the glare is blinding,” resident Jolanta Benal said.
Benal said her street looks like a movie set when the sun goes down and that she is losing sleep at night.
“In our bedroom, the light is ghastly , glaring, bright and invasive,” Benal said.
Dr. Jeff Gardere, a psychologist and frequent PIX11 Morning News contributor, said Benal’s troubles are real. Her trouble sleeping is directly connected to the amount of light hitting her bedroom.
The DOT told PIX11 News that “given the fixtures are different from previous fixtures, we are looking into ways to mitigate community concerns.”