The recent installation of new LED lighting on I-440 is creating an invasive form of light pollution called "light trespass" in our neighborhoods that are in close proximity to the interstate. Light trespass occurs when spill light is cast where it is not wanted. An example of this is when spill light from a streetlight enters a window and illuminates an indoor area or in this case entire back and front yards too.
The new lights that are illuminating I-440 are much brighter and taller than the old ones and angled in a direction that points outward rather than down to light the interstate. This bright, intrusive light is spilling into our homes, lighting up our bedrooms at night and casting a glow resembling a sports stadium onto our residential properties and our streets. Residents who reside next to I-440 and even several streets away have described this new lighting as "aggressive, very disturbing, hideous and intrusive".
Our goal is to work with TDOT and local officials to find a solution to stop the light trespass over the walls and into our homes while maintaining safe driving conditions on I-440. As Nashvillians who love and respect the neighborhoods we live in, we ask that TDOT please also respect our property and fix this problem.