by Duluth News Tribune
June 29, 2010 at 5:00 pm in Duluth News Tribune
The Duluth City Council accepted a generous gift this week of up to $100,000 from Rotary Club No. 25 to light up the Enger Observation Tower.
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So put a light that points downward at the top of each side for some very subtle light that should make everyone happy. Is it really so complicated?
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Turn it on after the park closes at 10pm…no one should be up there after that time, and anyone who is will be seen…and people can take pics of it from afar, like they do the lift bridge when it’s lit up.
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The Rotarians have been nice enough to donate the gift of money. Instead of complaining about it for the needs of the few, why don’t we just accept it politely, for the enjoyment of the many. It’s not that hard, folks.
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So THAT’s why the light at the top seems dimmer — it is! I remember thinking that I was recalling wrong, when boating out on the lake. I thought I remembered the light being substantially brighter. I should have figured that it was some genius from the city that changed the light for ‘a cost saving measure’. They changed the scenic value of this 100 year old Duluth icon for what, a few pennies a day?? Idiots.
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DanH, it does get dark earlier than 10pm around here half the year, so there is a significant amount of us photography nerds who do utilize the tower for prime photo opportunities after dusk.
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Oops, clicked submit too soon…I meant to add that we aren’t just photographing the Tower itself, we use it to get up above the treeline to get shots of the moon, the stars, the city, everything and anything we please.
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I just find it odd that a club who’s motto is “Service Over Self” chose this project instead of investing into a project/organization that serves the community.
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If you must light up the entire Enger Tower, please keep the lights(not too bright) pointed down and have the lights fully sheilded so that it doesn’t contribute to any more light pollution.
We already have enough light pollution from the street lighting in downtown Duluth. The street lighting in downtown Duluth is a huge contributor to the light pollution in Duluth. The downtown lights are not shielded and they point up into the sky! On the topic of lighting, the city should replace the lights in downtown Duluth with street lamps that are energy efficient with fully shielded light bulbs, that direct the light down to the street level and NOT UP INTO THE SKY! Also the lights in Downtown are almost blinding at night because not only do they glare upward into the sky they also glare outward!
Please use the streetlighting fee on our water and gas bill to invest in new energy efficient street lights for downtown Duluth.
Thanks for the opportunity for me to share my opinion.
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There are correct ways to light the tower and using blue-white LED fixtures pointing skyward from below begs for another design. Please think about using a low pressure sodium lamp and fixture with an enclosed side facing horizontal or slightly inward. The other lamps (even metal halide)have too broad of a spectral emission. There is a reason why cities like Tucson, AZ can attract astronomer tourist even in the summer heat where the national Astronomical League just concluded their annual convention this last week in June! (Yes, I chose to fly to Tucson instead of drive to Duluth.) They have very good lighting practices making astro-photography a joy. By the way, astronomers usually have above average incomes and can visit Duluth to enjoy their hobby…, if you let them and many are winter hardy. The marginal rate of return for being smart about the light selection and installation will pay off. Let’s not settle for a simple, “Let’s lighter’ up” but rather, let’s do it right. Otherwise, the artificial light lovers will rob the night-time views even miles away from the city. The cumulative effects of everyone wanting to light the sky will add up to some deliberately avoiding this part of the country. Some might say, “tough” where my reply is, “well don’t light at all…and, tough to you too”. We have an opportunity to set an example of how to do it right. Let’s meet the challenge and do it!
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Definitely do it as down lighting. The amount of unshielded lighting in Duluth is unbelievable. I’m a pilot. When I flew down the North Shore I could see the airport at Two Harbors, Cloquet, Moose Lake, Solon Springs, but not Duluth because of the unshielded lighting. What’s the big deal about down lighting you ask? Think of it as someone coming at you with their high beams on.
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