Will LED Streetlights Change the Way that We Drive at Night?

Have you ever considered for a moment why those flood lights at night have such a strange yellow tint to it? Many of these streetlamps are sodium-vapor lights, and the sodium creates that color. They have become ubiquitous on American roads, but new evidence suggests that whiter lights may be better for the driver’s eye. And that’s where LEDs come in. The folks at Gizmodo have been covering the movement to LED streetlights in both NYC and LA. NYC alone is replacing 250,000 of its own traditional streetlights with LED streetlights. Even places like Las Vegas, and smaller towns like St. Paul, MN have made the switch to LEDs. The argument is that these lights look far more natural than the hazy yellow glow of the Sodium-vapor lights. RELATED: 2014 Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight Check out this shot of the city before:
Will LED Streetlights Change the Way that We Drive at Night?
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Will LED Streetlights Change the Way that We Drive at Night?
RELATED: LEDs Lighting the Way for the Auto Industry It’s hard to argue with the results. Oh yeah– LEDs are supposed to be a more efficient way to light cities. Before:
Will LED Streetlights Change the Way that We Drive at Night?
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Will LED Streetlights Change the Way that We Drive at Night?
Part of the Gizmodo article argues that it will change the face of film, and period pieces would require alterations to revert the lights to the older kind for older films. Yeah- we do that with pirate ships and gladiator stadiums– so I won’t let that hold up our streets from looking awesome at night. RELATED: Why Are Traffic Lights Red, Green and Yellow? All Images: Los Angeles Bureau of Street Lighting (yes that's a thing)

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