Along with other American mysteries like scalding hot milk in coffee, high tide-line in the toilets and deciduous trees, what is this little orange marker light on top of streetlights?

Street light

My theory is that it can’t be for low-flying aircraft, in manner of plastic containers strung on a wire across valleys in the New Zealand countryside, and can’t be to mark the road in snow drifts, because that would be a hellava lot of snow, so it must be to guide our flying/leaping super heroes – saves Batman, Spiderman, Ironman and friends from crashing into buildings when they’re speeding through the city!


#1 Jif on 05.18.10 at 5:55 pm

I think they’re emergency lights.. in the event of a power outage?

#2 OrangeGirl on 05.19.10 at 5:03 pm

Oh yeah! Good idea … not sure how they’d light up the city but I guess if someone was flying around above looking for landmarks by way of the street plan then I guess they’d help. City would take on quite an orange glow 🙂

#3 OrangeGirl on 05.24.10 at 1:17 pm

Brought to you by the Marlborough District Council:

“OG, the orange things on top of street lights are photo electric sensors that turn the lights on and off depending on how dark it is etc. One sensor usually controls a bank of lights so you do not see them on every light.”

Makes perfect sense! And now I’m eager to get home and see if there’s something similar on the Chrysler Building as the time those lights come on is slightly different every night, and not always later than previous nights so perhaps the mystery is now solved!

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