As I was driving on North Oakland the other night, I suddenly realized that even though the Village has torn out half of the streetlights --- there was more than enough light for driving and pedestrian purposes.
Even though the lights on the west side of the street are gone - the ones on the east side do more than an adequate job. The question I have therefore is -- why do we need so many lights ?
In an earlier posting to Shorelines, I had questioned whether "light pollution" had been considered in the Streetscaping plans --- and I would guess probably not !
Another question that I have about the proposed lights is whether new technology was considered ? Why are we going with the same old electrically hard wired lights --- is there a solar alternative ?
Doing a little research on the internet, I came across a plethora of manufacturers, distributors and information on solar powered street lights. I have copied one of the pages below as an example of the information that is out there.
Is it too late to reconsider the streetlights ? Since we have only starting tearing things up, and it appears that no work will be done before Spring 08 at the earliest --- why not do a study on solar lighting.
Just think - no electric bills to keep them running. No burning of fossil fuels. No trenching or wiring needed. In a Power Outage --- the street lights will still be on !
Wouldn't Shorewood be proud to light the way for other villages, towns and cities in the Progressive use of Solar Power for Streetlights --- or do we just talk a good talk ?
What are your thoughts on whether we have enough light or need more, and whether solar should be in the equation.
FOLLOWING IS WEB PAGE FROM INTERNET