Lewisham Council have recently installed brand new lampposts in our road alongside the older greyer models put in place some years ago.
The most obvious difference – the colour of the lights – wasn’t immediately obvious until the one opposite our front window was switched on this evening.
It has the most unexpected effect. For the first time in ten years I see bright white light cascading over the properties across the road. Gone is the orange light from the old lamps, now it’s clean white with crisp shadows. There’s an almost calming continental feel, making the other colour in comparison rather depressing.
The effect was same as when our bathroom was completely re-done a couple of years ago. The old frosted window from the eighties was replaced with a clear one. In the space of 24 hours, I could now see over to Crystal Palace tower I’d not been able to see in all the years we’d lived in this house. A corner of London had been revealed. I love seeing that view first thing every day.
The new white light on the lamppost across means I see our neighbours’ properties across the road in an entirely different way. A more realistic view free of the tired old orangey bias. More forgiving. More sympathetic.
Not only that, as I look down the rest of the road, there’s something just a little bit exciting about seeing a row of twinkly white lights. These new lampposts have, quite unexpectedly, lifted the spirit of the road.