Glaringly obvious

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brian livesey
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Glaringly obvious

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Light pollution in my area has increased considerably by the recent addition of front door lamps to blocks of renovated terraced houses halfway down the hill.
The lamps are appalling. Not only are they bright, but they've been placed on the walls at eye-level. This is flat panel, raw, unshaded, in-yer-face light pollution. The lamps - over a hundred of them, mounted cheek-by-jowl - serve no practical purpose, as there are enough council street lamps in the area.
I'm minded to consult local Evironmental Health about this explosion of light pollution, but I doubt whether they'd be concerned.
As a matter of fact, where is Environmental Health these days? Do they do anything now, apart from sitting in front of computers in warm offices? There are many blatant breaches of health regulations these days that should be attended to, e.g. buses leaving their deisel engines running when parked at the bus station. :roll:
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Re: Glaringly obvious

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The local council rewired my rented house and included a drum-type bulk-head light-fitting with a 2-D type lamp mounted to the wall beside the front door . However it is controlled by a simple on/off switch inside the hall and I rarely use it . Certainly not ideal by any means but infinity better than those "evil" tungsten-halogen 500w "security" spotlights c/w motion sensors which come on and off throughout the night as cats pass or the wind blows the bushes. regards maf

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Re: Glaringly obvious

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There wasn't time to finish the first post on Saturday Mike, so I've edited and expanded on it.
On my estate, about one-half of the houses belonged to a housing association that had atrocious, unshaded, hemispheric lamps mounted next to front doors. The lamps are harsh and painful to the eyes. Not all of the occupants leave the lights on, possibly because of the cost of having them on these days.
A neighbour, two houses along, has one of those awful back garden "trigger" lamps that you've mentioned.
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