I have lived out in the country for many years, but now live even further out on a ranch/farm. Why do all farms/ranches have a street light on their power poll? When we turned on the power they asked us if we wanted it turned on and it's like $5 a month I believe. Problem is when you go outside at night it's lite up like, well, a street light. It comes on at dark and turns off at light. I'm thinking about calling them and telling them to turn it off. The stars would be brilliant without it and it is annoying when trying to watch the meteor shower. So anybody know of any major reason that all farms seem to have these? I think I would put up motion flood lights that I can turn off. I don't mind the light but would like to be able to turn it off.

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The theory in the 50s when the dusk to dawn light came out was that thieves didn't like the light, so would not steal from you if you have a yardlight.

In 1980 I took a different outlook. Most thieves come from town and are used to street lights. town people freak out when confronted by night without streetlights. I installed the yardlight myself, with a switch. I seldom turned it on.

I'd tell them to turn the blasted light off. it is not worth $5 a month. It is light pollution, and a small part of the reason why most of us can't see the milky way at night.


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