Sunday, September 15, 2019

What is Dark Sky Lighting?

Have you heard about dark-sky lighting?

Do you know enough about the regulations and the lighting fixtures required to be compliant with dark-sky ordinances?

The dark-sky movement is “a campaign to reduce light pollution. The advantages of reducing light pollution include an increased number of stars visible at night, reducing the effects of electric lighting on the environment, improving the well-being, health, and safety of both people and wildlife, and cutting down on energy usage.”

Dark-sky lighting got started as a concept in the 1950s in Flagstaff, AZ. Flagstaff has a population of over 70,000, but because of their lighting, their skies are dark enough to see the Milky Way!

At RP Lighting, we’re familiar with city ordinances, and have the products you need to keep your business or construction project compliant. Talk to one of our experts today for help deciding on the correct outdoor lighting!

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Sunday, September 1, 2019

Complying with Dark Sky Regulations


Have you been to a dark sky park?

Are you curious about why they’re so popular, or how this trend affects the landscape lighting business?

As a business in the lighting industry, dark sky parks seem like they’d be bad news for lighting manufacturers, but that’s not the case!

The dark-sky movement is “a campaign to reduce light pollution. The advantages of reducing light pollution include an increased number of stars visible at night, reducing the effects of electric lighting on the environment, improving the well-being, health, and safety of both people and wildlife, and cutting down on energy usage.”

The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) was founded in 1988 by the professional astronomer David Crawford and physician Tim Hunter.

According to DarkSky.org, “light pollution is caused by lighting that is not properly shielded and causes glare. Uplighting shining into the night sky above the horizon, according to IDA, causes what is known as sky glow.”

So how does this affect the landscape lighting business? It’s important for all of us to be aware of staying dark sky compliant.

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