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mark_smith
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Time for lights out

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A interesting news aticle in todays times about the new laws coming in on April 6th.
Homeowners using high-powered garden or security lights could face fines of £5,000 under the new legislation, which treats residential light pollution as a criminal offence.
Its a good start
“If you have got a 500-watt bulb in a spotlight or security light — these boast half the power of Britain’s brightest lighthouse, which can be seen 30 miles away — it is probably too bright and could land you in trouble,â€
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hi,mark.an interesting development.
my main 'gripe' is those orange street lights.they are
a pain!!cheers,andy.like you said its,a good start.
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re: Orange Steet Lights

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If you think the Orange ones are a pain wait till your local council starts putting in the 'White' ones. At least you can filter out a lot of the pollution from the orange ones.

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hi,john,i hope not.the local rugby club has just had permission
for 'training lights'.it,s located in my northern horizon.
what a hobby 'eh.'cheers,andy.
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Post by paulestar »

There is a sportscentre behind where I live to the south which has an awful lot of white lights - they shine downwards, but the reflection from the pitch (or whatever it is) is enough to completely squash any thoughts of observing. ATleast I know the light wills be turned off by 10pm, though I must admit that I maliciously hope that until then, people playing their silly sports will get very cold and go home!

Well, I'm sure they think the same as me as soon as those lights go out! On my northern side I have an obstructed view, but now a huge supermarket is being built...not sure how much of its' light will come my way, or how long for, but these new laws sound promising.

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