Hitting this stretch of road at 3.00 that morning , which was empty apart from me , I wasnt quite sure what I was seeing at first, Down the centre , mounted on top of a high , new concrete "barrier" wall are tall (10/12m) thin looking double-arm columns that werent there before carrying , well , - LEDS!!!
Dont get me wrong , I LOVE LEDs , and Ive got 5 big biscuit tins full of thousands of them - some very old and rare(now) ,that I had as a child. But , like any light sources or lamps , I think they have their place! I grew up with the 3 and 5 mm red , green and yellow LEDs we all know well . Call me old fashioned , but I still think of blue and white LEDs as something a bit new-fangled , (Im a grandad Im allowed - no , expected! - to use that expression!) so I think I should be forgiven for my feelings towards these almost alien street lights.
ALSO there is another factor concerning this stretch of road for me. I have been travelling back and forth along this stretch of road since I was around 3 or 4 - from before I started school . It was opened and built around 1971 , and for years as a child I knew it with double-lamp Alpha 8s down the middle (with a 250 and a 400 watt mercury in each one) , Alpha3s with 400 watt mercuries along the sides , 1000 watt mercuries in the high masts and 8ft 85 watt fluorescents under the bridges in 4-tube fittings.
As a child on the way home from visiting my Grans on a Sunday night I would lie down in the back of the car and look at those mercury lamps as we drove along there. I actually have a good number of those very mercury lamps that I was given , as a very young lad , by an old street lighting guy whom I used to visit at the depot with my Dad. They are mainly Atlas and Mazda Kolourluxes , Philips Powerwhites and a few Truelites.
In later life I actually worked on these lights during my time with the street lighting department (although by then the mercuries were long gone , having been replaced with
SO - returning to find this stretch lit with these
The lanterns in question - if they can even be called lanterns - are little rectangular things with what appears to be six square "patches" of very intense white
I guess Ive come on here to have a bit of a rant and vent my disgust if Im honest !! Sorry !!
One thing that struck was that these lights are similar to the old mercuries in some ways . The light colour and quality is very similar to mercuries , especially at ground level if you dont look up at the lanterns , something like a daylight or cool white tube (a bit cooler than 3500k) AND , Im no expert on these new
Anyway , rant over!! Ill be back off to a land where there are still plenty of mercuries in a week or so , (ok , lots of LEDs too , but still loads of mercs!!) Maybe I will have to think about staying there permanently!!!