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Waka Belcher

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LEDs - Are they better?
« on: December 27, 2017, 12:20:34 PM »
NYC's effort to replace all streetlights with bright white LEDs final reach my block a couple of weeks ago.

When my wife and I pulled up one night to find the new lights she actuallyfelt bad for me since the block looked like the parking lot of the local Stop and Shop.I was depressed about it for a bit but when I sat out in my backyard away from the direct light of the street. I wasn't sure if things were too different - perhaps no difference? The night sky above still looked dark. I'm not sure if it's wishful thinking but maybe the sky-glow from the old lights has reducedand thus improved while the immediate surroundings have brightened and thus degraded - making things even. I'm not sure - the jury is still out. I had a great observing session a couple of nights ago - actually seeing DSOs with better detail than I have before. I'm not sure if it's because the summer humidity was gone or whether the new lights were contributing.For now I'm just glad I was able to have a good night session after being immediately shocked at the difference.

Has anyone out there actually experienced improved viewing with the LED switch?