France switches off lights from July

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David Frydman
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France switches off lights from July

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2013 Jan 31 newspaper report from Paris.

The 'bankrupt' French government yesterday set out a law forcing all non-residential buildings to turn off their lights at night in a bid to save £600 million a year .
From July 1st all lights off within an hour of last person leaving.
All exterior lights plunged into darkness by 1 a.m.

Eiffel tower till 2 a.m.

Wonder when we will follow.

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I suspect there will be riots in the cities before it happens here..... :(
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David, that is most interesting and quite encouraging.
Whether it will ever happen here I don't know but I doubt it.
As you may know for the past year we have been blessed with the street lights being switched off at midnight. The difference is quite marked and I measured my sky background to be 10% lower after the lights went out.
However, there has been uproar and a great deal of opposition to the switch off and, despite the police insisting that crime rates have dropped over the last 12 months, the local council have backed down and have turned the lights back on in some areas.
Why people want their bedrooms lit up like daylight is beyond me.
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astroeyes wrote:David, that is most interesting and quite encouraging.
Whether it will ever happen here I don't know but I doubt it.
As you may know for the past year we have been blessed with the street lights being switched off at midnight. The difference is quite marked and I measured my sky background to be 10% lower after the lights went out.
However, there has been uproar and a great deal of opposition to the switch off and, despite the police insisting that crime rates have dropped over the last 12 months, the local council have backed down and have turned the lights back on in some areas.
Why people want their bedrooms lit up like daylight is beyond me.
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Primal fear of the dark takes over anything that factual police statistics show. Goes back to sitting around ancient campfires and feeling secure...using a flaming torch to scare off predators...

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Brian wrote:I suspect there will be riots in the cities before it happens here..... :(
Community is often scared when there is drastic policy changes. Instead gradual easing in tends to work more successfully. Micro lighting ordinances can be applied over time to achieve the end with little resistance and general acceptance. Regardless, it appears someone in the French government has been sufficiently up to speed on LP issues to affect policy directly.
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It is interesting to note that France already has less external lighting than the UK. Where I live in Normandy, we have good dark skies already. Even darker ones will, of course, be welcome. I can see the milky way pretty well instantly as I walk outside. In the summer its visible right down to the horizon in the south.

I just hope the UK gets on board and cuts out external lighting so that everybody can see the night sky.

It is sad, that as a teenager in the sixties I could see the sky as the lights went off at 11pm. Why not now?

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