Re: COHOUSING-L digest 228
From: J Rebecca Reid (
Date: Thu, 31 Jul 1997 20:06:18 -0600 (MDT)
Peggy Blum wanted to hear from Pioneer Valley about path lighting--here 
we are.
Our lighting evolved after a major controversy which ended with one 
family leaving the group and us deciding on minimal path lighting.  Like 
she says--they look like wooden mailboxes. They were designed by someone 
in the community and built by us.  They go all the way around the inner 
loop and all of them are on a timer.  After the timer is off late at 
night, you can turn on one side of the loop or the other by a switch on 
the lights.
        They give minimal light, all directed downward.  From a little 
distance they lookl like a string of Christmas tree lights. I think most 
of us are pretty happpy with them, although there are a couple of people 
on either end--they are too dim, or let's not have lights at all.  I 
didn't think I would like having lights, myself, but have found them to 
be unoffensive and sometimes comforting and friendly looking.  I love the 
idea of lighting the walkways with porch lights, but our houses are too 
far upoff thepath for the lights to do any good.  We also have sets of 
high lights in the parking lots that are on motion sensors.

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