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High efficiency traffic lights don't melt snow cover, creating traffic hazard
Associated Press ^ | Friday December 11, 2009 | Associated Press

Posted on 12/11/2009 9:18:01 AM PST by jpl

Edited on 12/11/2009 9:35:36 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Some Wisconsin communities that have installed high efficiency traffic lights are discovering the energy-saving bulbs are a hazard in a snow storm.

City officials say the LED lights use less electricity and don't give off enough heat to melt ice or snow. So when the snow falls and the wind blows, the traffic lights are obscured.


(Excerpt) Read more at fox6now.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: consequences; energy; envirofascism; globalwarminghoax; greenenergy; led; unintended
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Those darn unintended consequences rear their ugly heads once again!
1 posted on 12/11/2009 9:18:03 AM PST by jpl
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To: jpl

This stinks... LED lights, to me anyway, are much easier to see at night.


2 posted on 12/11/2009 9:19:48 AM PST by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: jpl

Making life better by making it worse.


3 posted on 12/11/2009 9:20:15 AM PST by boocoowell (Nuclear power now!)
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To: jpl

This shouldn’t be a problem since battery powered cars probably won’t run in freezing weather anyways ;-)


4 posted on 12/11/2009 9:20:15 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: jpl

Grandma was killed in a traffic accident!!! *sniff* Well, as long as the city has saved thousands in power bills... I guess it was a worthy cause./s


5 posted on 12/11/2009 9:21:00 AM PST by autumnraine (You can't fix stupid, but you can vote it out!)
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To: jpl
Jiminy crickets.

I thought civil engineers thought of things like this. Yeah, they'll save electricity, but how much are you paying all those work crews? And if they are on overtime, forget it!

6 posted on 12/11/2009 9:22:22 AM PST by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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Oh what a tangled web we weave,,,, i love these kind of consequences,,


7 posted on 12/11/2009 9:24:03 AM PST by DesertRhino (Dogs earn thi title of "man's best friend", Muslims hate dogs,,add that up.)
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To: thefactor

LOL!

Libs are dumber than dirt.


8 posted on 12/11/2009 9:25:14 AM PST by Red in Blue PA (Obama, Hitler, Stalin: Who are 3 people nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.)
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To: thefactor
They need to install snowlar cells on the lights to get electricity to heat them.

Surely if they have solar cells to make electricity, they have snowlar ones too?

9 posted on 12/11/2009 9:25:43 AM PST by Syncro (TPXIII coming this Spring! March 27th to April 15th 2010, GIANT Rally in DC : >)
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To: jpl

I know the traffic engineer where I live. The city installed LED lights about a year ago, and he predicted the same thing would happen with his. The city planners were so entralled about the energy savings that they completely overlooked the traffic hazard they present in the winter time.


10 posted on 12/11/2009 9:27:36 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (Socialism is hip until somebody loses a paycheck)
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but how much are you paying all those work crews? And if they are on overtime...

Union members too?

11 posted on 12/11/2009 9:28:37 AM PST by ladyvet (WOLVERINES!!!!!)
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“I thought civil engineers thought of things like this”

Yeah,, You’d think a VERY basic test on a new traffic signal would be how behaves in hot, cold, wet, and arid,,, night, and day. But i mean,, im no engineer,,,,lol.


12 posted on 12/11/2009 9:30:46 AM PST by DesertRhino (Dogs earn thi title of "man's best friend", Muslims hate dogs,,add that up.)
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To: jpl

we have a whacked liberal City Councilman in Pittsburgh who wants to convert all of our street lights to LED...


13 posted on 12/11/2009 9:31:23 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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Thermostat

Space heater

Only draws power in very cold weather

Do I have to think of everything?

14 posted on 12/11/2009 9:32:11 AM PST by willgolfforfood
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To: DesertRhino

Testing is much less rigid if one merely slaps a “green” label on something.

Heck, I would be surprised if this idea was tested at all!


15 posted on 12/11/2009 9:32:34 AM PST by Red in Blue PA (Obama, Hitler, Stalin: Who are 3 people nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.)
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“The city planners were so entralled about the energy savings”

Which they will promptly lose as soon as they get clobbered for their first lawsuit where someone is killed, because the red light design couldnt be seen for being covered in snow.


16 posted on 12/11/2009 9:33:47 AM PST by DesertRhino (Dogs earn thi title of "man's best friend", Muslims hate dogs,,add that up.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

You got that right about the “green” label.


17 posted on 12/11/2009 9:35:07 AM PST by DesertRhino (Dogs earn thi title of "man's best friend", Muslims hate dogs,,add that up.)
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To: jpl
"LED lights have saved thousands of dollars in monthly power bills."

All negated in one or 2 days of crews cleaning off the lights.

18 posted on 12/11/2009 9:35:34 AM PST by Deaf Smith
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To: pnh102
LED lights, to me anyway, are much easier to see at night.

Especially the left and right turn lights that have a smaller surface area lit.

19 posted on 12/11/2009 9:35:41 AM PST by Between the Lines (For their sins of 50 million abortions God gave them over to be an ObamaNation {Romans 1:24-32})
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Why is this an issue? The traffic regs say if the light is out, including if it cannot be understood, then you treat the light as a red light and stop. Anyone blowing through a controlled intersection is an idiot.


20 posted on 12/11/2009 9:35:46 AM PST by CodeToad (If it weren't for physics and law enforcement I'd be unstoppable!)
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