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Cheaper street lights put Romans in a dark mood

Critics say modern glow of LED lamps installed across the Italian capital dims its old-world charm

An LED lamp next to the Colosseum in Rome. Since June last year, about 100,000 LED lamps have been installed, just over half the number that will be swapped out in the change to the city's lighting.


AS far as guided tours of central Rome go, this one was a downer. "Look over there, at that Virgin and Child, with that ugly lamp above it, casting such a harsh outline," said Nathalie Naim, a municipal council member, pointing to a framed image on a wall.

Near the Colosseum,...

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