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>> The eternal city of Rome becomes even more magical at nightfall. And no visit is complete without a romantic stroll through it's softly lit cobbled streets. But the golden gleam that shines across the city is under threat. While half of this piazza is bathed in a warm glow, the other half has been replaced by a brighter and whiter LED light.
Something many residents say takes away from the beauty of the city.>> This LED light it's really bright, really blue, it feels like a hospital light. And you don't even have the kind of clouding or the veiling effect from the glass because it's all been removed.>> The LED light takeover is an attempt by Rome's City Council to make it more secure and environmentally friendly.
It also estimates the capital will save 26 million euros per year by changing to the bright light. Other residents believe it's a smart step towards a greener future.>> I'm more than happy. I find there's more light in this area, and above all there's a real saving in energy levels.
This energy saving is to be welcomed, it's about time.>> The new lighting should be in place across the city by the summer. But it won't affect any of the major historic monuments, they have specific lighting requirements. So for those still hoping for a little romance in Rome, don't write off the city quite yet.