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Written to the council

Post by G1ZmO »

Just to let you know, I've written to my local council (South Lanarkshire) to see if they'll fit shields/hoods to a couple of streetlights at the rear of my garden.

Here's hoping but I'm not holding my breath lol

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Post by joe »

Good luck, Paul.

I've just read a letter in this month's S&T which mentions the old trick (possibly illegal but for info only :roll: ) of shining a light on the sensor on top of street lights to make it think it's daylight and therefore switch off. The thing I didn't realise, if true, is that once it switches off it stays off for several hours without having to maintain the shining. Can anyone confirm this? Obviously a torch or laserpen that is on continuously will heat up and run down batteries very quickly.
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We have dealt with this before I believe. Such action could perhaps lead to being prosecuted esp if an accident occurred.
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Mike Feist wrote:We have dealt with this before I believe. Such action could perhaps lead to being prosecuted esp if an accident occurred.
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It's ironic that the letter was written by a policeman who did it while bored on duty.
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joe It's ironic that the letter was written by a policeman who did it while bored on duty.
Yes, but that was in the Land of the Free ! :lol:
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Well a month and a half later and I got a surprise through the post today from the council.....

"I have inspected the location and can advise I have arranged to have the visor of lighting unit R12 'blacked out' to eliminate any backward light spillage"

My opinion of South Lanarkshire council has improved somewhat :)

My flabber is completely gasted! WoooHooo!

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Hi

Lets hope that they black out the correct side. :lol:

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Post by Phil Rice »

Dear GiZmO

Could i have a copy of your letter as i have a very irrtating street light at the front om my house where I do some sidewalk astronomy

Thanks

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The inclusion of the "Links" is a very good idea. Says you mean business.
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Post by Phil Rice »

That's just great.

Thanks a lot Paul

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