Although the brightness of LED streetlights can be beneficial, City Council members on Tuesday discussed optimal ways to make the street lights most efficient.
Certain light frequencies and color from the lights as well as limiting light spillover was part of the discussion. Council members said they would like to get lights that are closest to what moonlight would be but would not want to completely negate the night sky by having them too bright.
Current projects the city is working on with LED lights include the streets of Avenida La Pata, Avenida Pico, Avenida De Los Mares and the Rancho San Clemente business center.
Tom Bonigut, associate city engineer, said city staff has not considered the more historic areas or areas in which the LED lights would not conform such as the Pier Bowl and Avenida Del Mar.
Speaking as a citizen at the meeting, Planning Commission member Jim Ruehlin said he would like to see the city instruct the commission to develop a “dark skies” ordinance that would govern the use of any kind of lights within the city.
Council voted to have the city staff examine the pros and cons of the LED streetlights, and a report is expected to be filed in the near future.