As you can see from this photo, the light had a glass “bulb” that hung below the hood. It lit up fully, so it gave the effect of a hanging bare light bulb in an otherwise unlit room.

I was resigned to just live with the nightly glare, but then I heard at the most recent Advisory Neighborhood Commission meeting that if you are unhappy with your streetlights, the D.C. Department of Transportation will attempt to mitigate the glare. So I wrote Ron Lewis, my commissioner, and about a week later brand-new lights were installed.

The new lights actually make the alley itself brighter, but without the exposed glass “bulb” the light is more directed downward rather than sideways. It still creates a less than romantic atmosphere in the garden, but the glare into the house itself is significantly reduced.

So let it be known: If your alley lights are glaring into your bedroom at night, give your commissioner a call.

Topher Mathews blogs at The Georgetown Metropolitan . The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.