Outdoor Lighting Choices Blog

Welcome to the Outdoor Lighting Choices Blog

The outdoor lighting choices blog is presented in categories, including Light Pollution, Dark Sky Lighting, Dark Sky Places & CommunitiesSolar Outdoor Lighting, Low Voltage Outdoor Lighting, and Outdoor Lighting Ideas. The articles in this blog go back as far as 2008. As I’ve been reading through them again ten years have passed and much has changed. With an intention to inform, I dive in as I re-read, re-write and creating new posts about outdoor lighting choices.

You’ll find different categories from The Blog menu dropdown, so you can browse according to your own interest. This page includes all posts regardless of category.

Dark Sky Wall Lights – Abundant Choices

Welcome to the world of dark sky wall lights. These fixtures are all approved for wet and damp locations for use as defined by the National Electric Code. You may consult your local electrical code for details. What makes these...

Dark Sky Lighting Collections

I've chosen a few different styles and options of dark sky lighting collections, and there are many more available. They vary widely in style, size, materials as well as including everything a homeowner would be looking for in a matching...

9/11 Memorial Museum Working With NYC Audubon

Susan Elbin, Director of Conservation and Science at NYC Audubon, and colleagues published a paper today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The results of their yearly tally of birds in the lights between 2008 and 2016, somewhere in the neighborhood of 1.1 million migrating birds were affected by the light. Within 20 minutes of the lights going on the number of birds right there goes from 500 to 15,000. 

New LED Streetlights for Morgantown WV

Morgantown, West Virginia (right over the state line, directly south of Pittsburg) is getting new street lights. The LED lamps direct the light downward rather than all around in multiple directions. Not only will this benefit the animals, insects and birds in the area, the directed light is designed to prevent stray light from entering windows in high rise apartment buildings. The new fixtures were chosen to keep the style of the historic downtown intact.