So what is the dark-sky movement? It’s a campaign to help reduce the amount of light pollution. Light pollution is mostly caused by the over use of poorly designed lighting fixtures. Gladly, here at YLighting, we believe in the importance of well designed lighting fixtures and helping to reverse the affects of light pollution.
Here’s a 101 on making sure your modern outdoor lighting is Dark Sky Compliant. Bonus: All of the lights featured in this post are Dark Sky friendly.
If you’ve ever looked up at the sky at night hoping to see a mass of twinkling stars, but see a halo of bleary light instead, that’s light pollution. Not only does the dark-sky movement want to make the night sky more visible, but also to help cut down on the amount of energy being used and reduce the impact unnatural light has on the environment. Here are some tips for making your outdoor lighting Dark Sky Compliant:
Install Shielded Lights
When picking modern outdoor lighting fixtures, make sure that they’re fully shielded so the light is pointing downward. This cuts down on the light pollution, minimizes on glare, and facilitates better vision at night.
Go for LEDs
LEDs are a great option for when white light is needed because they’re energy efficient, cutting down on energy waste. Dimmable LEDs are an especially great option for outdoors since they can be turned down completely.
Blue light is known to be harmful to not only nature and the wildlife in it, but also to humans. While LEDs are great energy efficient lights, they tend to contain larger amounts of blue light. Therefore, lights should have a color temperature of no more than 3000 Kelvins. Look for “warm” lighting, or bulbs with an amber color, that’s lower in color temperature like low-spectrum LEDs.
Reduce Light Waste
Reduce light waste by only lighting areas that need it. This also means turning your lights on only when needed, or setting them onto a timer or sensor to help reduce the amount of light waste.
Use What You Need
Make sure your lights aren’t unnecessarily bright. Figure out the minimum amount of brightness you need to safely navigate in the dark outside and make sure that the lighting you choose meets that minimum.
Participate in National Dark Sky Week
National Dark Sky Week is held the first week of the new moon in the month of April around Earth Day and Astronomy Day. This year it begins on Monday, April 4, and runs through Sunday, April 10, so mark your calendars! And please join the conversation with your comments below.
Let’s help reduce light pollution and bring back the night sky by choosing lighting that meets the standards of Dark Sky Compliance. If you’re wanting to find out how you can reduce the amount of light pollution in your home by changing out your fixtures, call our YLighting team at 866-314-0965.
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