El Paso’s new LED billboard (featured in my first post on La Palma Lightpollution) was still active on February 25 – despite a complaint filed by the OTPC, the IAC’s Sky Quality Protection Technical Office earlier this month. According to the OTPC, there is no response from the municipality yet, who is responsible for the billboard’s operation.
The OTPC told me the billboard does not comply with the Sky Law – it is simply too bright: The limit for advertising billboards at night is 50 cd/m^2, the one in El Paso exceeds this limit by a factor of 60. It is supposed to be switched of before 12 p.m., however, it should not be operating at all. (I write “supposed to be” because from personal experience, shut-off times are not respected too strictly on La Palma.)
While waiting for the municipality to respect the law, others already learned their lesson: A newly built supermarked, just a few meters from the above mentioned billboard, has been equipped with an even larger LED screen:
I saw it active last sunday afternoon (with the shop closed, of course), but it was switched off when I came for a picture on Monday evening. May we dare to hope because Spar respects La Palma’s Sky Law..?
To be continued…
Continuation (1): According to information send to me by the OTPC, the Spar LED screen is supposed to be reduced in brighness to 50 cd/m^2 after dark and switched off completely no later than 12 pm. This would be acceptable, as light pollution experts recommend 100cd/m^2 as a maximum. Trust, but verify: Good I’ll be there frequently at night to check! No news from the municipality’s screen however.