How bright are the Likelike lights?

In December, the state Department of Transportation replaced the lights in the Likelike Tunnel. “LED lights will be installed through the Wilson Tunnels as part of the Johnson Control energy savings contract and HDOT’s energy efficiency initiative,” reads the press release.

I’m all for driver safety, so if it’s a matter of too bright versus too dark, then by all means. Light ‘er up. Thanks, HDOT. But I can’t help but poke a little fun at it.

I finally drove through it at night, and boy was it bright. My husband warned me, but I had no idea it would be like entering the light from three suns. I felt like I should reach for my sunglasses.

My first thought was that I should pull over to the side and finish reading a nice book. It was so lit up in my car, I could see every color of the interior and all the dust on the dash.

It’s so bright, I am considering putting some plants on the side to use it as a supplemental nursery. I might even try to catch up on my tan in the after-hours.

It’s so bright, I could trick a vampire into the tunnel if I needed to kill one. He could sizzle under the megawatts of the Wilson. 

It’s so bright, I might set up an office to save my home electricity bill. “Claus, if you need me, I’ll be doing my  work on the side of the Wilson Tunnel.” Or, “I’m just going to take Olivia up to the tunnel tonight to finish up her school work.”

It’s so bright, it might even register on an IQ test.

As my friend George laughed, it’s so bright, he can finally see what his date actually looks like when he takes her home. Yikes. Maybe too bright.

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