April 5-12 is recognized as International Dark Sky Week.
It is becoming increasingly clear that well-designed nighttime lighting needs to take into account the ecology, human safety, security & wellbeing and sky glow aspects. This is a tall order, but one that can be met with the right approach that includes a combination of advocacy, informed lighting-at-night (L@N) design decisions, technology and personal responsibility.
A good lighting specifier knows when not to specify lighting as well as how to specify quality lighting when it is needed.Kate Sweater Hickcox, MS, LC, Lighting Research Scientist | Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
The following posts explore the significance of and need for designing for darkness, reducing light pollution and responsible nighttime lighting.
Designing for Darkness
– by Kate Sweater Hickcox, MS, LC
Is Light Pollution Killing Us?
And what can we do about it?
– by Alessio Urso