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2018-01-01 04:01:22 PM  
I want to believe...this makes sense in countries that are dark half the year.
 
2018-01-01 05:09:22 PM  
I'm such a huge fan of LED streetlights. My neighbourhood has them and they're not auto-dimming since it's all residential, they're permanently dimmed and it's glorious to sit outside and see stars again.
 
2018-01-01 06:05:12 PM  

beezeltown: I want to believe...this makes sense in countries that are dark half the year.


In aggregate, it probably makes sense in any non-high traffic area, really. There's no point lighting nothing, and you can install the system when you retrofit LEDs anyway. Plus there's economies of scale to installing lots of the systems.
 
2018-01-01 06:21:01 PM  

ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha: beezeltown: I want to believe...this makes sense in countries that are dark half the year.

In aggregate, it probably makes sense in any non-high traffic area, really. There's no point lighting nothing, and you can install the system when you retrofit LEDs anyway. Plus there's economies of scale to installing lots of the systems.


I assume they talk to each other, because each light needs to come on long before the car actually gets near it. The driver needs to be able to see at least a hundred yards ahead, especially in an area with moose etc. So I assume each light transmits a signal with about a hundred yards range telling the lights ahead to come on.
 
2018-01-01 07:42:09 PM  

Carter Pewterschmidt: The driver needs to be able to see at least a hundred yards ahead, especially in an area with moose etc.


My sister was lit by a moose, once.
 
2018-01-01 10:34:36 PM  

Barfmaker: I'm such a huge fan of LED streetlights. My neighbourhood has them and they're not auto-dimming since it's all residential, they're permanently dimmed and it's glorious to sit outside and see stars again.


You're lucky. Around these parts, the LED streetlights are 'cool white' and have a very harsh color that ruins your night vision completely. I have to find more remote areas to really see stars beyond the most common constellations. There's something funky with human brains and cool white color versus the amber color of old. I'm all for using energy efficiently; just use LEDs with a better color choice.
 
2018-01-01 10:54:53 PM  
Carter Pewterschmidt: ...especially in an area with moose etc.

That's mooseses. Pet peave.

Also from the article, 2100kWh = 21 clothes irons for an hour? That's one big iron.
 
2018-01-01 11:12:24 PM  
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2018-01-02 12:01:31 AM  
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2018-01-02 12:05:19 AM  
Look, I'm totally for things that lower carbon footprints or use less energy, but that road was plenty well lit at only 20%. It was ridiculous to see them brighten up even further. Imagine all the power we could save if they just stayed at 20%...
 
2018-01-02 12:12:27 AM  
Norway has a trillion dollars just sitting around to use on whatever? Am I understanding "sovereign wealth fund" right? Or is that just their name for their general treasury?
 
2018-01-02 12:35:27 AM  
Wow, Norway has some really great shiat going on there.
 
2018-01-02 12:38:52 AM  

Huck And Molly Ziegler: Norway has a trillion dollars just sitting around to use on whatever? Am I understanding "sovereign wealth fund" right? Or is that just their name for their general treasury?


They don't have troops in 130 countries.
 
2018-01-02 12:44:33 AM  
FTMFA: The five-mile stretch of energy-saving lights saves 2,100 kWH per week, which would amount to approximately 21 hours of ironing, or four hours of watching TV on a plasma screen

Who the fark writes this crap and why didn't they take 1 minute out of their life to do a simple kWh calculation and see they're not even close.

 Morans.
 
2018-01-02 12:47:44 AM  

Enormous-Schwanstucker: FTMFA: The five-mile stretch of energy-saving lights saves 2,100 kWH per week, which would amount to approximately 21 hours of ironing, or four hours of watching TV on a plasma screen

Who the fark writes this crap and why didn't they take 1 minute out of their life to do a simple kWh calculation and see they're not even close.

 Morans.


Well, they didn't specify how big the screen is...
 
2018-01-02 01:25:20 AM  

Name Withheld: Look, I'm totally for things that lower carbon footprints or use less energy, but that road was plenty well lit at only 20%. It was ridiculous to see them brighten up even further. Imagine all the power we could save if they just stayed at 20%...


You aren't kidding. I tight the photo was in brightest. Watching the video and seeing how bring those got... Why the hell? Especially in a low enough traffic area for those to make sense, between cars having headlights already, and how close together this light poles are... That's nuts.
 
2018-01-02 01:35:30 AM  

Quantumbunny: I tight the photo was in brightest. Watching the video and seeing how bring those got...


what he said. yeah.
 
2018-01-02 02:10:50 AM  

beezeltown: I want to believe...this makes sense in countries that are dark half the year.


Um, all countries are dark half the year.
 
2018-01-02 08:23:52 AM  

Name Withheld: Look, I'm totally for things that lower carbon footprints or use less energy, but that road was plenty well lit at only 20%. It was ridiculous to see them brighten up even further. Imagine all the power we could save if they just stayed at 20%...


It will be darker when there's no snow on the ground to reflect the light. 20% probably won't be bright enough then.
 
2018-01-02 09:41:38 AM  
Jeff5:

 Morans.

Well, they didn't specify how big the screen is...


Yeah, I guess that would have made a difference if they had :P
 
2018-01-02 01:32:36 PM  

Jeff5: Enormous-Schwanstucker: FTMFA: The five-mile stretch of energy-saving lights saves 2,100 kWH per week, which would amount to approximately 21 hours of ironing, or four hours of watching TV on a plasma screen

Who the fark writes this crap and why didn't they take 1 minute out of their life to do a simple kWh calculation and see they're not even close.

 Morans.

Well, they didn't specify how big the screen is...


Scotty will have it ready by Saturday, unless the deflection dish is busy.
 
2018-01-02 03:26:54 PM  

Stoker: Wow, Norway has some really great shiat going on there.


It's also one of the socialist hell holes Americans are so fond of mocking.

Huck And Molly Ziegler: Norway has a trillion dollars just sitting around to use on whatever? Am I understanding "sovereign wealth fund" right? Or is that just their name for their general treasury?


It is the fund built with North Sea oil extraction. Instead of the companies getting all the profits, the state gets a piece of the action not just some pittance in taxes and drilling fees.
Alberta kinda tried the same thing, but gave it all away to keep provincial taxes non-existent and keep getting re-elected, works okay, sorta, in the boom times, but leaves the cupboard bare in the lean ones. Unlike Alberta, Norway is largely investing in infrastructure and the inevitable transition from oil, while building up the fund in the mean time.
 
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