PG$E Changing Streetlights To Bright LEDs

Remember these tall majestic street lights?

LHA Sprouse

Constant state of change. Last switch was from the sodium vapor to magnet induction where we traded orange tint for more radio frequency emitting into the air.

Who pays for the fragile year round tree lights? Mayor says “we” replaced the blue tinged ones as soon as people complained.

The LED lights I see are narrow-beamed. Is the spacing of the lights being taken into consideration?

See the examples at:

  • 515 Junipero Ave
  • 77 Asilomar Bl
  • Forest Grove school

While Pacific Grove Mayor Bill Kampe acknowledged the lights’ greater efficiency, he also noted that complaints about LEDs usually center around the uncomfortable colors some of them have.

“There are LEDs of all colored variance,” said Kampe. “So it doesn’t mean that if you’ve seen one you didn’t like, you won’t like others. There are different color temperatures.”

Kampe cited the LED lights draped over and lining the trees in the center of Lighthouse Avenue in downtown Pacific Grove as an example. When they were initially installed, residents complained they were too blue.

We took them down and put up a different LED light — a softer light that was more suitable,” he said.

For his part, Kampe’s biggest complaint was that PG&E hadn’t done its research in terms of what lights are suitable for different places in the city.

“They’re bringing a one-size-fits-all program and haven’t done research as to what lights might be better,” said Kampe, noting that in residential areas, softer lights are generally used while busier, more commercial areas generally require brighter lights.

PG$E Changing Streetlights To Bright LEDs