GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Some Southeast Texas residents have complained about brighter public street lines creating an unwelcome glare inside their homes.
The Galveston County Daily News reported Friday that the updated street lights in Galveston are light-emitting diode, or LED (L-E-D). Assistant City Manager Brandon Cook says the lights are more efficient, compared to older high-pressure sodium lights.
Cook says LED lights helped reduce Galveston’s electric bill by 40 percent. About 85 percent of the city’s lights have been converted to LED.
Resident Tim Dudley says the lights are “horrible” and brighten the inside of his house. Dudley says it’s difficult to use the stairs or his porch due to the incoming bright light.
The newspaper reports criticism by some residents has stirring a discussion that could influence Galveston’s master lighting plan.