New LED Streetlights Annoy Brooklyn Residents


The streets of Brooklyn are about to look very different at night thanks to a campaign to replace all 250,000 streetlights in New York City with green-friendly LED alternatives. That means that the familiar orange-yellow wash from sodium-vapor lamps is changing into the blue-r, colder direct light from LEDs. And many Brooklynites aren’t happy with the new, harsher lighting situation, which has already come to places like Windsor Terrace. “It feels like I’m in a strip mall in outer space,” one resident told the New York Times. “I don’t want to come off as melodramatic, but it really is horrible.”

The new streetlamps give off light that’s much harsher and brighter than the old kinds, and it means that some people the Times interviewed have had to seriously up their curtain game in order to better block the intruding rays. (One person they interviewed blocked the light with heavy-duty trashbags.) The changeover began in October 2013, but the city had been testing the lights in parks and highways. This spring was the first installation of the lights in neighborhoods, which is why the newly-illuminated Brooklynites had cause to lodge complaints. Better get used to them though: The streetlights are coming.


  1. Glad to see you covering this, and I’d like to add that similar problems have arisen in other cities where LEDs have been installed without any forethought concerning glare and light trespass. NYC DOT will take note if we keep complaining via our City Council reps and 311. I hope we *don’t* have to get used to not being able to open our shades to catch a breeze and run a window fan in the summertime. Kinda loses some of that green benefit if we have to seal up our houses and run AC constantly.

  2. I absolutely hate the new LED lights. I’d like to point out that leds DO NOT last longer than the sodium bulbs. I’ve seen many highways where there were plenty of street lights with LEDS that were burnt out. So whoever told you “they last longer than sodium bulbs” is full of sh*t. How it is that these morons tested LEDS and thought there weren’t going to be issues with them? Instead of testing them during the day, they should of tested them at NIGHT. I don’t give a rats ass how “environmentally friendly” they are. They’re too bright, ugly and harsh. Seems to me that all the energy effient bulbs these environmental nut jobs cime up with look horrible. We need more people to complain about this


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