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BBC Explores True Cost of LED Lights

Brian Wheeler of the BBC shares the story of Karen Snyder, and her friend, Delores Bushong whose neighborhood in Washington DC recently installed 4,000 Kelvin LED streetlights. Snyder and Bushong oppose the bright lights and want their… Read More

Night Skies in Arizona and Beyond

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Arizona resident, Mike Powell, recently wrote a column for the Paris Review describing dark skies in Arizona. Powell describes the unique harshness of the desert sun and the surprising dark nights Arizonan’s have been able to… Read More

Transition to LED Brings New Environmentally Responsiblity Standards for Outdoor Fixtures

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The rapid advancement of LED technology is unparalleled in the lighting industry, which has caused cities and utilities to reevaluate the specifications used for their street and area lighting applications. Early generation LEDs were typically… Read More

3 Insects Affected by Light Pollution

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If all mankind were to disappear, the world would regenerate back to the rich state of equilibrium that existed ten thousand years ago. If insects were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos. — Naturalist E… Read More

Flagstaff AZ Images at Night Show Success with Years of Dark Sky Advocacy

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New images taken by the National Park Service of Flagstaff, Arizona show the years of dedicated dark sky advocacy and restrictions has been a success. The aim for the images was to better understand the… Read More

Contact Your Elected Official to Fight Against Blue-Rich LED Street Lighting

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Many cities across the globe are replacing their older street lights with newer LED technology. Specifically, with the blue-rich white LED (light-emitting diode) lighting. While many praise the LED conversions as a money saving and… Read More

Call to Action! Contact Chicago’s Administration to Demand a Responsible Outdoor Lighting Plan

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IDA’s Executive Director, Scott Feierabend has sent an urgent letter to Chicago’s Mayor, Rahm Emanuel’s regarding the proposed outdoor lighting plan. This letter urges Emanuel and his Administration to choose a safe, responsible outdoor lighting… Read More

Why is Blue Light at Night Bad?

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New technical capabilities often come with unanticipated challenges. White LED lighting often has much higher levels of potentially harmful blue light. In 2010, IDA published its paper, “Visibility, Environmental, and Astronomical Issues Associated with Blue-Rich White… Read More

5 Popular Myths About LED Streetlights

Streetlights on city street at night create glare making it hard to see.

The rapid changes in LED lighting technology have given rise to an LED retrofit revolution. Across the globe, municipalities are opting to switch out their older street lighting to new, more energy-efficient LEDs. Unfortunately, these… Read More

Really, Really Bad Lighting

An "acorn" outdoor street light at night gives off a lot of glare because it's not shielded.

Good lighting is used only when needed, only where needed, in only the amount needed, and shielded so that the light does not emit into the sky. We’ve shared examples of good lighting, but every… Read More