It reminded me of a conversation with an older person who told me I was talking rubbish when I said I remember Melbourne's street lights going off late at night. Until about the age of eight, when we stayed with my grandparents, I used to sleep with my grandmother in her bed in her bedroom at the front of the house. While childhood memories can be defective, I was sure the street lights used to go off. If you woke, you could get an idea of the time by the street lights being on or off. So this person I was speaking to said I was wrong and it was some time ago.
But fresh in my mind because of Walt's post, I thought to ask another older person who confirmed what I thought, that the street lights used to go off late at night. He started reminiscing about his childhood and how they had a tv that they had to pay off buy putting money in a slot to watch it and pay for it. They soon worked out how to cheat it and when the money collector came, he said, you don't watch very much tv. I've heard of these pay tvs but never knew anyone who had one and nor have I seen one.
What did surprise me was that Phillip Morris also installed a cigarette vending machine in their house. They must have been good customers, although lads being lads, again they worked out how to cheat the machine. I have not heard of such machines in homes.
But perhaps what the French village of Goudet should consider is the installation of LED street lighting. City of Melbourne has made the change and while no doubt it costs a good sum of capital, the change will eventually pay for itself. From my observations when we were last in Sydney, City of Sydney has also changed to LED street lighting.
I am not aware of any other local council in Melbourne making the change, certainly not City of Port Phillip. CoPP controls one side of our St Kilda Road boulevard and City of Melbourne the other, so on one side we have bright white LED lamps and on the other side the warm orange glow of high pressure sodium street lamps, which really don't light nearly as well as LED lighting, but they were a cheap operational choice at the time.
Bad photo but it gives you the idea.