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How does everyone deal with a street light that glows bright into your yard? Been focusing on lighting up the house but even then some of the light reaches it

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This was from last year

On 12/30/2018 at 6:44 PM, Scott Rob said:

My street light was replaced by a super bright LED post top light 1000watt equivalent the old one was HPS. I ended up changing the bulbs out in blow mold from 25watt to new LED bulbs 60 watt equivalent. I had an idea to make wood cut out for Halloween and Christmas on that side of the yard. No flood lights needed.:)

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What about the rest of your yard?

10 hours ago, Scott Rob said:

This was from last year

 

What about the rest? How are you combating the light?

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I too have a sodium vapor street light right in front of my house.  It is about 30 feet line-of-sight from the front corner of my attached garage.   As I acquired my blow molds and other Christmas display stuff I converted it to all low-voltage LED.   There is such an array of LED lights these days you can get any light level you need and still save a lot of watts.  

The string lights were already LEDs and bright enough.  I have a couple fabric covered displays like a snowman and a 40" tall striped candle.  Originally both  had lights attached to the inside of the fabric.  It was too much trouble to string LEDs in place of the old lights so I just installed a plastic pipe with LEDs spiral wound around the  pipe in the center.   It works great.  Sometimes you need to think out of the box as they say.

The alternative is to get out the old daisy air rifle or sling shot and blaze away but I don't think the local authorities would appreciate that.

 

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I used to work for the local power company,  Many times if the light was a problem , we would put a shield on one side, or we would actually disconnect the light until after the holidays

or with your style light, would be easy to cover one side of the light

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I wouldn't want them to turn out the light and I doubt the neighbors would be  very happy if they did turn it off at my request.   The bulb burned out a few years ago.  The lights are all on one side of the street and spaced about every 6th house.  There is no overlap between lights so when it went dark it sure was dark at night for the week or so it took them to realize it was out and to replace the lamp.

I have a neighbor with an elaborate Christmas display - good enough so that he wins the neighborhood contest nearly every year.  He has a light at the corner of his property (mine is about in the middle) and it doesn't affect his display.  He uses the light pole for part of his decoration and hangs wires from it to his house to support his aerial display. 

 

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I have gotten use to it. Since I was there when it was replaced I asked for the old acorn dome and got it. I figured if it became a big issue at Christmas I could change out the dome during Christmas. And install the old one with back blacked out either painted or using duck work aluminum tape on inside of the dome. 

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9 hours ago, xenon said:

I used to work for the local power company,  Many times if the light was a problem , we would put a shield on one side, or we would actually disconnect the light until after the holidays or with your style light, would be easy to cover one side of the light

 

8 hours ago, Rich in Las Vegas said:

I wouldn't want them to turn out the light and I doubt the neighbors would be  very happy if they did turn it off at my request.

The shield would be a great solution.  It only covers one side (25%) which would be the side towards your house.  The other 3/4 of the light would be uncovered so it would still provide light for the neighbors.

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