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Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Streetlight'

Streetlight Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    streetlight n : a lamp supported on a lamppost; for illuminating a street [syn: street lamp]
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Streetlight'

A street light, lamppost, street lamp, light standard, or lamp standard is a raised source of light on the edge of a road, which is turned on or lit at a certain time every night. Modern lamps may also have light-sensitive photocells to turn them on at dusk, off at dawn, or activate automatically in dark weather. In older lighting this function would have been performed with the aid of a solar dial. It is not uncommon for street lights to be on posts which have wires strung between them, such as on telephone poles or utility poles.

The earliest lamps were used by Greek and Roman civilizations, where light primarily served the purpose of security, both to protect the wanderer from tripping over something on the path as well as keeping the potential robbers at bay. At that time oil lamps were used predominantly as they provided a long-lasting and moderate flame. The Romans had a word 'laternarius', which was a term for a slave responsible for lighting up the oil lamps in front of their villas. This task continued to be kept for a special person as far as up to Middle Ages where the so-called 'link boys' escorted people from one place to another through the murky winding streets of medieval towns.

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* Isn't it funny how we'll look out the window at the moon, and then we notice it's not the moon but a streetlight Also what's funny is how we do this every night. - Jack Handey Deep Thoughts

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  • 1,972 streetlights to be replaced in Owen Sound starting in fall
    A citywide project to replace nearly 2,000 streetlight heads in Owen Sound with energy efficient LED fixtures is set to begin this fall. Read more on this news related to 'Streetlight'
  • One streetlight for every 12 Cambridge residents burning hole in taxpayers’ pockets - but are they too bright?
    Cambridge now has one streetlight for every dozen residents but they are burning a hole in taxpayers’ pockets – and stargazers want council chiefs to think ‘dim’. Read more on this news related to 'Streetlight'
  • New Bedford begins new LED streetlight installation
    Officials Friday unveiled the first of about 10,000 energy-efficient, LED streetlights that are projected to save the city more than a half million dollars a year. Read more on this news related to 'Streetlight'

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