Dark Sky Friendly Compliance requirements help to protect the night sky.Today more and more cities and neighborhoods require outdoor lighting minimize the harmful effects of light pollution. Light pollution has been shown to increase the disruption of our atmosphere and the wildlife environment.
Here are a few outdoor lighting basics, lighting should;
- Only be on when needed
Only light the area that needs it
Be no brighter than necessary
Minimize blue light emissions
Be fully shielded (pointing downward)
The illustration below provides an easy visual guide to understand the differences between unacceptable, unshielded light fixtures that produce glare and light trespass and those fully shielded fixtures that minimize skyglow, glare and light trespass and facilitate better vision at night. For your consideration, a selection of Dark Sky Friendly LED post top fixtures and LED streetlights.