My eyes, they burn.
August 8, 2008 3:24 PM Subscribe
We have a street lamp in front of our house that seems inordinately bright. We currently have cardboard in our windows to keep the light out so we can sleep at night.
posted by mecran01 to home & garden (26 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I don't think the city is going to turn it off if I ask, but I may be mistaken. The cheapest blinds I can find are about $70 a window. We get tired of pulling the cardboard down and putting it back up, so my kids' rooms are dark during the day and we look like we live in a crack house.
Please help me brainstorm a solution to this problem.
Some (admittedly lame) possibilities:
1. The lamp seems to be flourescent, so I might duct tape the side facing our house.
2. I'm tempted to get insulated clippers, open the access panel and cut the easily accessible power to the lamp and hope it takes six months to get repaired (ok, I won't do this for fear of blowing my hands off, but it is tempting).
3. Get a long pole and put a weighted black garbage bag over the pole.
4. Call the city and ask them what my options are.
5. Save up $700+ for light blocking blinds (ten windows)
6. Make euro-style light-blocking shutters (probably unrealistic)
7. Quit whining and live with it.
We have another lamp down the street, so it's not like the street will be totally dark. I realize that the answer is probably 5 or 7, but thought there might be a better (snark free) solution out there that I'm overlooking. Thanks.