What is Light Pollution?
Light pollution, also known as photopollution or luminous pollution, is the excessive, misdirected or invasive use of artificial outdoor lighting. Mismanaged lighting alters the color and contrast of the nighttime sky, eclipses natural starlight, and disrupts circadian rhythms (the 24-hour processes of most organisms), which affects the environment, energy resources, wildlife, humans and astronomy research. The threat of light pollution continues to grow as the demand for artificial light increases.
How do I Avoid Light Pollution?
Avoid light pollution by installing outdoor lights only where you need them and get in the habit of using them only when necessary. Installing light fixtures that are specifically designed to reduce the glare of light towards the night sky will also help you avoid polluting the night sky. Purchase your new outdoor lights from manufacturers like Minka Outdoor, who offers a large variety of dark sky compliant light fixtures.
Know Before You Buy
The urban sprawl of our popular has had quite the effect on the night sky. Once upon a time you could look up and see stars for miles in the night sky. However, with more people moving into rural and urban areas light population has become a real issue in our environment. Dark sky exterior lighting, dark sky outdoor post lights and flush mount outdoor lights can help prevent this.