Published at Thursday, 27 June 2019. Outdoor Lighting. By Vardan Madec.
Aesthetics do not have to be sacrificed in order to meet with the approval requirements. There are outdoor lighting sconces which feature slate-colored ceramic shields encompassing the light bulb, which forces the light down. Other designs feature metal crowns which block any upward light, also forcing it down. Less outdoor lighting around your home does not lessen your safety. Using lights which do not shine upward, but rather, shine downward are not sacrificing your security. Many homeowners are hesitant to make the necessary modifications but in reality, the modification from normal outdoor lighting to Dark Sky compliant lights is better for everyone.
It is very important for all homeowners to ensure that they are modifying their outdoor lighting so that all fixtures and lights are in compliance with the measures in Lighting Dark Sky movements. This movement focuses on altering our outdoor lighting so that we limit the amount of glare and reflection from our high level lights off of the ground and up into the sky. There was a lot of initial debate about whether the orange overture in the sky was simply an annoyance to purists or whether it caused negative effects to the earth. Now we have learned that the light pollution which is at fault for the orange haze is actually destroying wildlife while also damaging our health and incurring large fees.
There are new city ordinances that are attempting to thwart these negative effects but lessening the outdoor lighting we use. Commercial and residential lighting should seek now to only shine light upon the areas seeking to be lit, not upward into the atmosphere. The Dark Sky Movement seeks only to face lighting downward, instead of above a horizontal line. This does not mean that homeowners are forced to devalue the exterior of their homes or cannot enjoy aesthetically pleasing lighting. What it does mean is that homeowners are enjoying the additional bonus of reducing energy use by using lower wattage bulbs to achieve the same outdoor lighting they had enjoyed before. Before this movement, homeowners would be forced to implement outdoor lighting which opened at the top and bottom, requiring a higher wattage bulb. Now, with no light meant to shine from the bottom of the fixture, the wattage can be reduced.
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