Lethbridge: Since the installation of LED streetlights in our City, some residents have
been voicing their concerns over the white lights.
A presentation was
made a Lethbridge City council, April 29th, requesting LED's no longer be used
for street lights. Vice President of the Astronomy Society, Rena Woss
believes council only considered cost when choosing the lights. She says they
need to acknowledge the health effects they can have, such as sleeping
"They just need to buy the yellow LED lights. They're out there, they're available. They're cost effective and have energy savings. The human factor
needs to be factored in. We're not machines, we're real people. These ultra
white, brilliant lights are not seen anywhere in nature. And when those
headlights come at you, they are very harsh and very disruptive." said Woss.
Director of Infrastructure Services Doug Hawkins, says council
did discount health effects when making their decision because there wasn't any
proven research to back the effects up.
Woss wants City Council to listen to the research performed by a local Neuroscience on the issue.
"In spite of the delegation that appeared, we've only received 20 direct
concerns around the lights and we've installed over 4, 000 of them on the
south-side of the City." said Hawkins.
Hawkins says any residents who
finding the lights are spilling out into their living areas are asking to
call the City. He says modifications can be made to the fixtures. Hawkins adds the color of the lights will take a little bit of time for
residents to get used to.