Blog - Category: What is Light Pollution?
Posted on: 29 Aug 2019. Category: What is Light Pollution?
What is Light Pollution?
Most of us are familiar with air, water, and land pollution, but did you know that light can also be a pollutant? The inappropriate or excessive use of artificial light – known as light pollution – can have serious environmental consequences for humans, wildlife, and our climate.
Components of light pollution include:
-Glare – excessive brightness that causes visual discomfort.
-Skyglow – brightening of the night sky over inhabited areas, also known as upward light ratio (ULR).
-Light trespass – light falling where it is not intended.
Clutter – bright, confusing and excessive light sources.
Light pollution is a side effect of industrial civilization. Its sources include building exterior and interior lighting, advertising, commercial properties, offices, factories, street lights, and illuminated sporting venues. The fact is that much of the outdoor lighting used at night is inefficient, overly bright, poorly targeted, improperly shielded, and, in many cases, completely unnecessary. This light, and the electricity used to create it, is being wasted by spilling it into the sky, rather than focusing it on to the actual objects.
Modern society requires outdoor lighting for a variety of needs, including safety and commerce. The Institute of Lighting Engineers recognises this but advocates that any required lighting be used wisely. To minimise the harmful effects of light pollution, lighting should: Only be on when needed / Only light the area that needs it/Be no brighter than necessary/ Minimise blue light emissions Be fully shielded (pointing downward) The transition from sodium to LED exterior lighting over recent years appears to have made global light pollution worse not better, scientists have reported.The findings are certain to increase the pressure on the lighting industry to take light pollution seriously and improve the optics and upward light control.
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