Lights switched off on Motorways in England
Posted 22 December 2012 - 03:14 PM
The above link gives a list of the locations where the scheme is being used currently.
My experience of driving is that actually what I would like is NOT a complete switch off, but quite a LARGE dimming of them, for all the hours that they operate (from twilight onwards), so the road is lit, but nice and softly, so I can easily use my headlights and the soft light to see things without straining. That would save money and CO2 emissions. They should use SOX low pressure Sodium (the most efficient converter of money into light that can be still filtered out by Astronomers!) on a low wattage, with FULL CUT OFF lighting (i.e. shielded).
I really hate it when everywhere else is over brightly, glaringly lit, with the lights streaming into my eyes from everywhere from cobra head high pressure Sodium lights, they really bug me when I'm trying to drive.
I have never understood why people can't just be SENSIBLE about this issue - a LITTLE soft light, i.e. a LOT less than we have now in our towns and cities, directed at the road, not spilled into the sky, and the sky would be a lot less orange and I'd see a lot more stars and be able to drive more easily.
Posted 23 December 2012 - 06:34 AM
Posted 23 December 2012 - 02:37 PM
Posted 07 February 2013 - 08:58 PM
For example, Route 28 is lit from one end to the other with ridiculously bright sodium bulbs. And I would not classify anything around there as "major city". Northern Virginia is pretty bad when it comes to LP. Most businesses in the 'burbs leave their lights on 24/7. Power is cheap I assume.
As an American, the idea of lighting a highway outside of a major city seems shocking to me. It's simply not done in the U.S. Thank heavens!