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BACKYARD ASTRONOMERS TAKE NOTE, KEYS ENERGY SERVICES CLEANS UP LIGHT POLLUTION AND HELPS CUSTOMERS SEE THE STARS

02/23/2006 ~ Keys Energy Services (KEYS), with assistance from the Key West Pedestrian Action Committee (PAC), has been cleaning up light pollution caused by the glare of street lights intruding into customerís homes or onto their property, preventing them from enjoying the night sky.

When current street light fixtures fail, KEYS crews will replace them with fixtures that prevent any upward lighting or glare and focus the light exclusively downward and directly on the street beneath the light.

To the naked-eye, the street light will look no different than those currently in place. The differences are that the new street lights, or Cut-Off Optic lights, no longer have a protruding globe to reflect light upward, and at night the light cast is only visible when you are immediately underneath the fixture.

KEYS has replaced approximately 300 street lights with the new Cut-Off Optic street lights and will continue to install them as old fixtures fail and need replacement. KEYS crews will continue to replace burnt out bulbs in the current fixtures and will only install the Cut-Off Optic lights if and when the entire fixture fails.

The Cut-Off Optic street lights cost the same as the lights currently in place (approximately $85.00) and expend the same amount of energy.

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