Globe South Commentary

LED street light changes happening statewide

RE “Let there be (LED) light,” Feb. 1: The sodium vapor lights emit a gentler yellow-orange glow that I prefer to the harsh bright blue of current LEDs, which over-illuminate our cities, disrupt the melatonin sleep-wake cycles of animals (as well as we humans), and are just ugly.

And unpoetic: “Saw the sad shire horses walking home in the sodium light.” - Sting, “All This Time.”

Can’t they at least use “warm” instead of “cold” LEDs?


But I still prefer the orange-yellow of sodium.


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Are they as ugly as global warming or higher energy bills? These new LEDs use a fraction of the power that sodium vapor uses . . . and they last a lot longer. This means they will cost us a lot less in money and pollution.

My question is what happens to all the old ones in that pic? I hope they use them elsewhere or maybe give them to a town that still uses them. Be a shame to put them in a landfill.


We got new LEDs on my block this past fall. I haven’t noticed a difference, in the lighting or my sleep, but it will lower the city’s total electricity usage by 10 percent. The city will save big bucks on this, and it will also benefit the climate and help make the air more breathable.


Some light shields/reflectors on the sides of the streetlights to direct the light where it is most needed and block it from where it is not (like at houses) would be very cost-effective measures, and I am surprised that more communities are not adding this option.



My street in Cambridge was done several yers ago, and I have complained repeatedly about the new lights. Despite promises the they would soon be “turned down” nothing ever happened. What was once a softlyilluminated residential street now looks more like a helipad, or a night game at Fenway.

A horrible decision that we will be stuck with for decades. If your town is thinking of switching, get involved now, before it’s too late. I have no doubt that there is a solution that is both energy-efficient and aesthetically acceptable.


Teen broadcasts for Norton High School Lancers sports

RE “Only 16, and he’s called his 100th game,” Feb. 2: This was my student! An amazing kid and a great example of how the majority of teens are not lazy, stupid, and all the other negative things that constantly get thrown out there.


High school reunions

RE “Fear not your 50th high school reunion,” Feb. 2: As a member of the Class of 1957, Rich presents a very accurate description of my 50th reunion. It was all good — good memories, good friends, good time.

Henry Quinlan


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