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 Author: crow
PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2016 10:51 pm 
Wednesday, Feb 10th, the streetlights over the east side (north bound lanes) were installed; soon to create perpetual daylight on the bridge. Though the lights arch over the roadway we're hopeful they will light the sidewalk adequately. Restoration work on the creek under the bridge has not begun yet though some piles of dirt have been brought for other landscaping/road work.

 Author: n2ic
PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2016 5:14 pm 
Do the fixtures comply with the New Mexico Night Skies Protection Act ?
http://www.delapp.com/codes/nm_night_sk ... 4-12-1.php

Maybe you could take some close-ups of the light fixture.

 Author: crow
PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2016 9:42 pm 
As requested, a closeup.

 Author: MineralMama
PostPosted: Sat Feb 13, 2016 8:47 am 
I would have loved to see Smart Light Poles installed, not just on the bridge but eventually throughout Silver City (I like the no cost idea!): http://bsl.lacity.org/smartpole.html

 Author: JE1947
PostPosted: Sat Feb 13, 2016 10:48 am 
I'll hope that the new lights on the bridge are compliant with the regulations cited by another poster. It would('ve) be a great way to get some traction on that. The Cosmic Campground (which I haven't been to yet) near Alma, is a regional start for getting the area darker for viewing night skies. It seems that what is necessary are "full cut off" shields on existing street lights, to help us get darker skies right here in Silver City. This would be a question that the mayoral candidates ought to be asked.
Do you want to see darker night skies here in Silver City?
Are you behind efforts to gradually, on a predictable schedule, replace current lighting, or modify newer lighting, with the most "dark sky" friendly attachments?
Have you considered that reaching toward such a goal could give an economic return on investment if more amateur astronomers came here and stayed, at least one or two nights?
Lodging; gasoline; food; entertainment; purchases of equipment before heading north to Cosmic Campground?
Perhaps someone writing an article who is in the astronomy circles, about the skies here at night?
If not, why not?
If so, what will you do if elected, to get the city off the dime here ... to move forward?
How many street lights are there in Silver City?
Dividing that # by 10 (years), what would be the replacement schedule? Random? Section of City at a time? A % of each "section" of the city, to spread the effect?
How about several nights a year where home and business owners are asked to turn off their lights (outdoors and indoors if people keep their curtains, blinds, etc., open into the night), so that "Dark Sky Nights" could be a "thing" that people could look forward to? Certainly in conjunction with major meteor showers?
If not, why not?
If such "dark sky nights" were highlighted, or touted by the city, could that mean extra patrols by police? But also, encouragement of "star viewing" opportunities for neighborhoods? Recruit amateur astronomers who could provide information on what people might see?
Most meteor showers are more prevalent after midnight? Coordinating that with increased police patrolling and neighborhood watch efforts to allay any concerns about property crimes?
Street lights, on the new bridge, and elsewhere, have potential to be a bigger issue for the City, if anyone on the City Council cares.

 Author: n2ic
PostPosted: Sat Feb 13, 2016 5:19 pm 
Thanks for the close-up photo, Crow.

That fixture does look compliant. Unfortunately, the reflection off the road surface significantly contributes to light pollution. Nothing can be done about that except don't illuminate the bridge crossing at all.

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