The ordinance does not call for merely dimming or redirecting lights downward. It mandates replacement of outdoor lights with low pressure sodium (LPS). If this mandate is removed, most objections would cease.
LPS is outdated, inefficient and environmentally unsound lighting technology. Its bright yellow glare is dangerous and confusing to drivers at night. It creates problems for police in identifying and apprehending criminals in flight. It takes more LPS lights to safely light an area, using more, not less, power. Aesthetically, it is repugnant. Communities who have installed LPS at great expense are taking them out at greater expense due to its problems. Why do we need to make the same mistakes at a cost of $4 million or more of taxpayer money?
Our astronomers need to be creative enough to solve their light intrusion problem in better ways. Find a filter for high pressure sodium or merely agree to full shielding.
The County Council is correct in continuing to revise the draft. We recommend: deleting the mandate for low pressure sodium, advocating full shielding, controlling light trespass and remove the regulation of lumens, which is a risk management nightmare.
We do need outdoor lighting controls but we need to get it right the first time.
Wayne N. Hedani
Kaanapali Operations Association Inc.