International Dark Sky Association – A community response

The dark sky lighting blog will educate and inform you about what dark sky lighting is and different things to think about when choosing dark sky lighting products for our homes. The International Dark Sky Association (IDA) was founded in 1988. They started out as a grass roots effort in the Arizona desert and are now the recognized authority for night sky protection and are the dark sky lighting experts.  IDA takes the lead to identify and publicize the negative impacts of artificial light at night on human health, wildlife and climate change.

Dark Sky Lighting Blog

I write the articles in this section with homeowners in mind. They are reports from news articles where towns and municipalities in The United States, Canada, Asia, Europe and elsewhere. For instance, how does one go about retrofitting their conventional outdoor lighting to dark sky lighting fixtures? We did it to our own home and are very happy with the results. The best part was being able to stay within our budget and means.

Some of these articles may overlap with light pollution and dark sky communities and places, but I suppose that is inevitable! Please feel free to contact me if you have any ideas for future articles. Thanks for visiting!

 

 

 

Restoring Night Skies

Did you know that night lighting -- street lights, porch lights, yard lights and car lights -- creates problems at night? It produces glare, hampers sleep, harms plants and destroys some animals' environments. In Strathcona County, Alberta, the community is doing...

Summer Stars Are Like Nature’s Lightbox

It was a beautiful, mid-August night, and the evening sky should have been filled with stars. Instead, when Ray Zestman went out on his porch to take in some fresh air, and looked up, he saw only light pollution and glare. Where were the sharp, metallic stars that he...

See the Milky Way Again with Dark Sky

Light pollution is costing us the simple pleasure and romance of gazing at the Milky Way. A drive out of the city to a state park or a trip to visit a country relative are just about the only options for getting a view of that great beyond....

LEDs replacing inefficient street light bulbs

The ugly, inefficient mercury vapor, metal halide, and sodium lights that have cast a jaundiced glare into the night sky over many cities are slowly but surely being replaced with LED-based or solid state lighting luminaries. These lights are not only easier on the...