Author Topic: 80kW Field Lights at St. Marys' College  (Read 268 times)

pesorramidd

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Re: 80kW Field Lights at St. Marys' College
« Reply #15 on: January 18, 2018, 03:22:52 AM »
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... after 10pm the floodlights are turned off? I can't remember that last time I observed before 10pm. For those of us in urban areas... one has to wait till well after midnight for various sundry lighting to be turned off and for car traffic and their headlights to dwindle anyway... And in the Summer months, due to a long twilight, any serious observing has to be well after midnight. Just saying.

A valid point, although winter is relatively mild here so we can observe well before 10PM. Civil twilight is about 9PM in the warmer months. Only 3 of the 40 residents who opposed the lights have serious telescopes. No one will give 3 people serious consideration, so we joined the larger cause. We have the Town's and the college's attention now. If we are lucky we can impact the lighting of a $120 million expansion that is on the horizon.

For me the lights create a significant glow but the real problem is the even stronger light from ornamental lights, wall packs, halogen lights aimed straight off campus and event lights that almost compete with a full moon. The field lights are a rally issue.

The real importance of the field lights is that they called attention, for the first time to light trespass as an important issue. The college is a dominant force in town and has many of the most badly designed or placed fixtures in town.

The engineering firm that evaluated the field lights also called out a halogen wall pack that added to the problem. I brought these lights to the college's attention in early 2011 but only got sympathy. Now we might have the start of a real dialog.

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Re: 80kW Field Lights at St. Marys' College
« Reply #16 on: January 21, 2018, 01:46:11 AM »
I'm glad the town voted this way.  Hopefully, the College will come to the realization that it will gain them much good will and appreciation, if they respect their fellow community's right to enjoy their property, without horrendous light & sound tresspassing.  Threatening the town, is not being a good neighbor.