To the Editor*
In order to conserve electricity, a heart-rending appeal is heard every night at five o'clock through our radio sets to not only switch them off, but also to switch off every possible appliance that is not in urgent need. Most people, whatever they may think of the power shortage, do co-operate. It would appear that the authority concerned for the switching-on of street lighting is not aware of the power shortage, because whilst there is still daylight at 5.30 p.m. the street lights are switched on. I, for one, sir, find this very hard to reconcile with commonsense, and I sincerely trust that this letter will serve to prevent the switching on of high-powered lighting, during the peak period, before it is even semi-dark. PUZZLED.
[The chairman of the Auckland Electric Power Board, Mr. S. J. Harbutt, said this morning that his board had proposed not turning the street lights on until 6 p.m., but the Auckland City Council, which controlled the lighting, requested, in the interests of public safety, that the city lights be turned on as usual at sundown. Most of the lights in the district were on the one circuit, >ut where they were controlled from a separate switch, as in the case of certain suburbs, they were not turned on until 6 p.m.]
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STREET LIGHTING, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 172, 23 July 1945
STREET LIGHTING Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 172, 23 July 1945
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