Resident Question: I have a street lamp which shines directly into my 2nd floor bedroom window. I have "blackout" blinds, but it's still bright enough to read by in my room while I'm sleeping. Is it possible to request a modification (or removal!) of a street light to avoid this type of problem?
Sleepless in Somerville
Answer: Sleepless, Yes, according to NSTAR, you may request that the streetlight be modified. It's possible that the angle needs to be adjusted. But they also warned that they cannot guarantee that they will be able to remedy the problem. To request a modification, please call NSTAR at 1-800-592-2000. Also, the City does plan to switch over to LED bulbs eventually, which tends to reduce the amount of streetlight entering homes. But in the interim, you can seek to have NSTAR repoint this light. Finally, as a Somerville resident on a bright street myself, I too have found that blackout shades do not darken the room enough. Using dark curtains in addition to blackout shades for bedroom windows can help, and I sometimes use a sleep mask. So again, seek a solution from NSTAR, but you may want to reduce the light by your own means too, so you can get a better night's sleep sooner.