Residents in New Orleans East say new LED lights aren’t doing enough


EAST ABOUT NEW STREETLIGHTS IN THE CITY. THE NEW L-E-D LIGHTS ARE PART OF A MAJOR CITY-WIDE UPGRADE…SO WHY WOULD SOME RESIDENTS CALL THE LIGHTS A SAFETY CONCERN? WDSU REPORTER GINA SWANSON EXPLAINS. IT’S A MULTIMILLION DOLLAR INFRASTRUCTURE UPGRADE FOR THE CITY…BUT SOME NEIGHBORS IN NEW ORLEANS EAST SAY THE NEW LED STREET LIGHTS ARE LEAVING THEIR HOMES IN THE SHADOWS. uneasy you just never know who is going to pop out of the shadows i come home at night i work late the street itself is fine but there are dark spots cast on both sides of the street where the houses are THE LIGHT IS CAST DIRECTLY ON THE STREET AND APPEARS DARKER AT SOME POINTS BRIGHTER AT OTHERS…HOMEOWNER MICHAEL JACKSON AND HIS WIFE SAYS IT’S BECOME HARD TO SEE AT NIGHT…AND BLIND SPOTS AROUND THEIR HOME ARE A SAFETY CONCERN. it think its made things dangerous for us now for criminals thats coming and passing now they could also be between our cars or robbed or break in our cars or something THE JACKSONS AND THEIR NEIGHBORS NOTICED THE DIFFERENCE WHEN THE CITY STARTED THE UPGRADES A COUPLE OF MONTHS AGO. IN ALL THE CITY IS SPENDING MORE THAN 14 MILLION DOLLARS TO CONVERT 20 THOUSAND STREET LIGHTS. LEDs require 30-50 percent less energy than conventional street lights. They provide the same amount of lighting THAT’S A HARD SELL FOR THE JACKSONS. THEY ADDED EXTRA PORCH AND FLOOD LIGHTS IN RECENT MONTHS TO SO THEIR HOME DOES NOT SIT IN DARKNESS AFTER SUNDOWN. people don’t do crimes when there is sufficient lighting… most times they are looking for a dark area to take advantage of someone SO WHEN IT COMES TO THE LIGHTING UPGRADES…THEY ARE HOPING THE WATTAGE CAN BE UPSIZED IN THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD. we appreciate it and its good but its just not enough light GINA THESE UPGRADES ARE A MASSIVE UNDERTAKING FOR THE CITY…HOW FAR ALONG ARE THEY IN THE PROCESS? CAMILLE YOU CAN ACTUALLY TRACK THE CITY’S PROGRESS ON THEIR WEBSITE…IT LISTS WHICH NEIGHBORHOODS ARE COMPLETE AND WHICH ONES ARE IN PROGRESS OR IN THE PLANNING STAGES. Http: w/streetlights/ WE SHOULD MENTION THESE CONCERNS WITH LED LIGHTS ARE NOT UNHEARD OF…SEVERAL MAJOR CITIES THAT HAVE DONE THESE TYPE OF CONVERSIONS HAVE HEARD COMPLAINTS FROM RESIDENTS EITHER ABOUT THERE NOT BEING ENOUGH LIGHT…OR THE LIGHTS CREATED A GLARE. THE ISSUES SEEM LIKE THAT CAN BE WORKED OUT WITH A LITTLE TWEEKING. AT CITY HALL TODAY … A CITY COUNCILWOMEN IS BLASTING THE

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