Lebanon has come a long way since the end of the civil war; when it ended, we had no streetlights at all, and this was by far and away the least of our problems.

We have streetlights now, however. There is only one problem with them, though; they are being used in the daytime, when drivers and pedestrians alike can see without them! I have noticed this in more than one municipality; Antelias-Naccache, different parts of Beirut, even in the Chouf.

As a people, we the Lebanese have to rely on generator use 16 hours a day. I know this for a fact, as I called Electricite du Liban and asked. Yet we are squandering our electricity resources in this fashion, our money, and hurting the environment!  

The timing of streetlights is an issue dealt with by local municipalities. If you live in an area where this is an issue, then kindly call up Ogero at 1515, ask for the number of your municipality, speak to whom is in charge, and see if it will get anywhere. No promises, but it’s better than not even trying! Hopefully we’ll be able to save both our money and the environment.