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St. Paul asks residents to rate the glow of different LED streetlights

The city’s effort to reduce energy use and save money by putting LED bulbs in streetlights has had some unexpected side effects, particularly in neighborhoods like Hornseth’s, where old lantern-style lights direct the glow out, not down. Residents started avoiding their front yards and stopped lingering to chat with neighbors on the street. Before St. Paul takes the new lights citywide, it’s asking residents to take a stroll and weigh some options. In three neighborhoods, the city has set up demos with different combinations of light bulbs and fixtures. Residents can travel the streets in the Payne-Phalen, Hamline-Midway and Lexington-Hamline areas and fill out a survey by May 19.

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