Lodi Residents Weigh in on New LED Street Lights

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LODI --

New LED streets lights are causing quite a stir in Lodi.

"For right now, it's new, so people are gonna notice and talk about it," Melissa Levy said.

"I think they're a good thing, I mean, anything to brighten the streets at night so it's not so dark," Lolita Quaschnick said.

The lights are part of a $1.45 million improvement project that replaced the city's old high-density sodium bulbs with energy-efficient LED lights.

"I actually had one citizen say it's like things are in HD now when they're driving down the streets," Elizabeth Kirkley said.

Kirkley is the director for the Lodi Electric Utility. She says feedback on the lights has been positive overall.

"I'm a citizen of Lodi as well, and I know when I'm out on the streets now, it's much brighter and more illuminated. I think it's much better for public safety and just visual appeal," Kirkley said.

"I've never heard anyone say that the street itself is not lit better than it was before," Lodi Electric Utility Engineering and Operations Manager Jay Marchessault said.

But FOX40 did talk with some neighbors who think their streets were lit better with the old lights.

"I hate them. They're super blinding bright up top, but you can't see anything on the street," Nicole Farquhar said.

"Really, they don't serve a purpose, they need to put the old ones back in or do something about them," Ryan Farquhar said.

The Farquhar family lives near Pleasant and Park in Lodi, right across the street from a brand new LED light.

The light shines a spotlight directly toward the sidewalk, while keeping the house behind it in complete darkness. Somehow, it also manages to shine light directly into the Farquhars' windows.

"Yeah, you can if it's night and all the lights are off. Even with the shades closed, you can see the light coming through the top," Nicole Farquhar said.

But the family's main concern is that the black spots in between all the lights make it easy for potential criminals to go unseen.

"You look on the street side by the cars, you couldn't see if somebody was standing by it," Nicole Farquhar said.

The city of Lodi Electric Utility said the lights were supposed to better illuminate sidewalks and streets, not houses. In addition, the white lights are supposed to provide a truer light for the purpose of aiding eyewitness descriptions.

"The street lights that are being replaced were in place for about 30 years so. As with any change, we expect there to be some reluctance," Business Development Manager Adam Brucker said.

Of course a few people don't have anything at all to say about the lights. Farquhar said her son was too busy playing outside since the LEDs helped it stay light out for longer.

The same went for Melissa Levy, who was outside blowing bubbles for her dogs.

"I honestly didn't even notice we had them. The only reason I knew was because of the article in the paper," Levy said.