Skip to comments.France Will Dim Its Lights to Conserve Energy (pull the plug at 1am)
Posted on 01/31/2013 4:32:04 PM PST by Libloather
Under the new law, the interior lights of nonresidential buildings will have to be turned off an hour after the last worker leaves, and lights on building facades and in shop windows will have to be extinguished by 1 a.m.
Ms. Batho also presented the decree as a matter of public health. Artificial lighting can damage sleep patterns, she said, and also cause significant disruptions on ecosystems by changing communication between species, migrations, reproduction cycles or even the prey-predator relationships.
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If its worth saying once its worth saying four times.
Just joking. I have done it myself.
And I love looking at the stars myself. I wish I lived in a more rural area. The light pollution here is not terrible but it does wash out the Milky Way.
The sandrats, like all other rats, simply LOVE the dark.
(But only when living in civilized, non-muslim foreign countries.)
Shouldn’t be that tough, seems like most of France is pretty dim anyway.
Like I said, you OBVIOUSLY know this stuff better than me. So, thanks. My thoughts were in the right place, but I needed someone who knows the business to help me out.
Bottom line - it is silly for France, of all countries, to be doing this stunt.
I was not aware criminals can see in the dark any better than law-abiding persons.
So the burglars flashlights should reveal their presence.
As for turning off the lights in a room with no occupants that is something many were taught as children.
And pray tell,what reasonable purpose is served by leaving business signs on when there is no one around?
I don’t advocate getting rid of street or safety lighting,but designing the lights so the illumination goes where it is need and ONLY where it is wanted is a good thing.
Further I suspect the heating and air conditioning loads are an order of magnitude greater than the lights that will be turned off so ther actual impact on the power structure should be minimal.Lighting is usually taken to be about one-tenth or less of the total load.The businesses shutting off production machinery or restaraunt cookstoves is a bigger spike in usage.
Yes you were right. Got a few terms wrong but the concept right.
Last I know of France was about had an 80% nuclear power electric grid. So they may be able to run in the off peak hours with out backing the nukes down. They can coast down some coal or gas fired plants.
RightOnTheBorder says in #4 that France is a power exporter so that also gives them an out let to avoid lowering the nukes out put.
The law doesnt make sense to me on a number of levels (personal freedom first and formost) but it probably wont effect the operation of the nukes.
Thanks...we both agree that this is simply a silly stunt, but as you say, if they’re careful, they won’t put their power plants at risk.
More than anything else it is a gift to the environmental and animal rights lobbies.
Got to keep the coalition happy if you want to avoid those nasty no confidence votes away.
Will they have block wardens like in WW II, going around on bicycles to check everything.
You are correct no boiler likes any sudden change in operating temperature and pressure. The stresses are huge and can cause ruptured tubes, pipes and occasionally the change in EM fields can cause transformers to explode.
You seem to be well informed. The new gas turbine generators are the best for handling changes in load.
However the newest and most efficient are called Combined Cycle Gas Plant. They link a boiler on to the exhaust of a Gas Turbine Generator. That hot gas exhaust boils water that turns another steam turbine generator. These plants make pretty much the cheapest electric power available.
Under socialism, the city of light goes dark.