Let There Be Lights!

Tonight — without fanfare — the new downtown street lights were turned on.

Just as importantly, the old cobra-style highway lights were shut off.

The new lamps — lower, warmer, nicer — are far kinder to Main Street. They also complement the lighting displays in many nearby stores.

The west side of Main Street...

A soft glow on the west side of Main Street…

...and the east. Note the new, user-friendly pedestrian crossing in front of Banana Republic too.

…and the east. Note the new, user-friendly pedestrian crossing in front of Banana Republic too.

Soon, the holiday decorations will be up. They will be far lovelier than last year’s sad zip-line effort.

Now all that’s left is for Eversource to remove the old lights. Let’s hope they move more quickly than the contractors on the Merritt Parkway North Avenue bridge.

Meanwhile, further north, a lone snowflake glistens near Oscar's...

Meanwhile, further north, a lone snowflake glistens near a new light by Oscar’s…

...while Tavern on Main boasts its traditional lamp, and a gorgeous wreath.

…while Tavern on Main boasts its traditional lamp, and a gorgeous wreath.

10 responses to “Let There Be Lights!

  1. Beautiful

  2. Jill Turner Odice

    A big improvement from last year 🙂

  3. Nancy Powers Conklin

    I think it looks nice already! Let’s hope it only gets better as more decorations go up.

  4. sandra johnson

    Really very pretty!!!

  5. Dan=Latest Fairfield=Westport MINITEMAN set me to wondering: Did Fairfield & Westport each lose their own editions ? Please advise.
    s/Noel E. PARMENTEL Jr / NoelJr@OptOnline.Net

  6. Sharon Paulsen

    Better.

    The old Chez Pierre (sorry, old school here), has the coziest set-up thus far.

    All the rest of Main Street has that “cold” glow of (IMO) autopsy-room “energy efficient LED” lights.

    Hoping for a better technology soon for a more soothing lighting that, of course, fits into our global need to be green. ‘Cause frankly, I’ll take oil lanterns over what has become the latest and greatest of effervescent lighting. (Well, sort of … Oil lanterns are more of a Charles Dickens sentiment than anything else, but still … my point is for adressing aesthetics vs. Blade Runner tech).

    Dan, I really enjoyed viewing your photos here, and I’ve shared them with some of my ex-Westport family.
    So, my buzz-kill-thoughts regarding lighting in general is not meant to impede on your creativity!! Thanks!!

  7. Nancy Hunter Wilson

    Sharon is right. White LED lights have an unnerving “Pottersville” quality.
    Coloured ones seem warmer, more “Bedford Falls”.

    At least, they’re safer than oil lanterns, or candles, or those original, hot, electric tree lights we grew up with (and caused a neighbour’s house fire)!

    So, yes, I wish there was a happy medium. Cheers!

    • Sharon Paulsen

      Oh yes Nancy, I sooo remember those super-hot “Charlie Brown” Christmas light bulbs!
      Couldn’t touch them by accident on a tree. Had to place them “just so”, away from direct branch contact (which was almost impossible anyway). Amazing there weren’t more house fires back then.

      My husband just installed those white LED bulbs at our garage lights. (We are trying to be “greener” whenever possible). But, when I come home at night, it feels like a post-apocalyptic waste land, in a dim glow of violet haze. Ugh, hate it, LOL! (I know, first world issues).

      • Nancy Hunter Wilson

        So funny! We just replaced a kitchen ceiling bulb with a LED and, ugh!, it sure stands out from the rest! Oh well. I wonder if world leaders at the Climate Change conference do the same? I’ll ask my buddy Justin.

        Cheers, again!