Letter to the editor: Bad decision on lights

To the editor:

Eileen Horn is the director of sustainability for the City of Lawrence. In this role, she has chosen to ignore the advice of the American Medical Association and install LED lighting with a color temperature of 3500 to 4500 degrees in Lawrence. The AMA advises that LED lighting be no higher than 3000 degrees in color temperature. I refer you to the links on the Facilities Conservation Improvement Program on the city website to validate the choices of color temperature.

She has chosen to listen to engineers and the lighting industry rather than doctors on questions of human health, as well as widely disseminated research on the environmental effects of this lighting with a high blue light content.

She is fishing for appointment to the Kansas House as a replacement for John Wilson, who has resigned. While I would rather see her moved to where her decisions are less likely to damage local residents, I frankly don’t think that this episode gives evidence that we want her voting on legislation.