Loch Ness Outdoor Lighting in Harmony With Nature
LOCH NESS LIGHTING, LLC
Dark sky lighting, also known as dark-sky-friendly or outdoor lighting, refers to a lighting design and technology philosophy that aims to minimize light pollution and reduce the negative impact of artificial light on the nighttime environment. The primary goal of dark sky lighting is to preserve and enhance the natural darkness of the night sky while ensuring that outdoor areas are adequately illuminated for safety, security, and functionality.
Fundamental principles and features of dark sky lighting:
Full Cut-off Fixtures: Dark sky lighting fixtures are designed to emit light only where needed, so they have a complete cut-off design. This prevents light from spilling upwards or into unwanted areas of the sky.
Shielding: Dark sky fixtures are equipped with shields or hoods that direct light downward and minimize glare. This shielding ensures light is focused on the intended area, reducing light trespass and sky glow.
Low Light Pollution: The light emitted by dark sky lighting fixtures is low intensity and designed to minimize light pollution. This reduces the impact on the natural environment and allows for better stargazing and astronomical observations.
Wavelength Considerations: Dark sky lighting often employs warm-colored (e.g., amber or red) LEDs or other light sources that emit light in wavelengths less likely to interfere with the circadian rhythms of humans and wildlife.
Timed and Motion-Activated Lighting: To further reduce energy waste, many dark sky lighting installations use timers or motion sensors to activate lighting only when necessary. This approach enhances security while minimizing light pollution during periods of low activity. (Ask us about our triple zone smart transformer!)
Appropriate Light Levels: Dark sky lighting is designed to provide just the right amount of illumination for its intended purpose, whether for street lighting, outdoor area lighting, or architectural accent lighting. This prevents over-lighting, which can contribute to light pollution.
Why is dark sky lighting important?
Ecology: Excessive artificial light at night can disrupt the behavior and habitats of nocturnal wildlife, including birds, insects, and sea turtles.
Human Health: Excessive nighttime lighting can disrupt circadian rhythms, leading to health issues such as sleep disturbances and an increased risk of certain diseases.
Astronomy: Preserving natural darkness is crucial for astronomers and astrophotographers, as it allows for better observation of celestial objects and reduces interference from artificial light.
Energy Efficiency: By using efficient lighting technologies and reducing unnecessary lighting, dark sky lighting practices can lead to significant energy savings and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.
Dark sky lighting represents a responsible and sustainable approach to outdoor lighting that benefits both the environment and human well-being by minimizing light pollution and preserving the beauty of the night sky.