Wed
Nov 7 2007
03:00 pm
By: WhitesCreek

It is sometimes rather odd what contradictions there can be in projects. Two of mine seem to be diametircally opposed at first glance.

Throwing light ON the actions of government, so that we might see its actions.

Keeping light OFF our skies so that we might see our stars.

Not shining a bright light on your neighbor would seem like an obvious neighborly thing to NOT do. It's not that hard, although the old fashion and wasteful light fixtures we are used to seeing need to be abandoned.

The availability of shielded lighting fixtures, particularly in this day of expensive utility prices, has exploded to the point that they are available at nearly every lighting supplier. Many places, shielded lighting fixtures are the only type available.

It's the future. It is what we should do for several reasons, but it is also our obligation to our neighbors. After all...

Who wants to be the Grinch that stole the Stars?

Actually..

WC,

I really hate to admit this, but I keep the lights off to reduce my power bill. Never thought about the affect of my 100 watt bulbs on the sky line! Between you and keeping the lights off for the stars and my husband and his "Vampire power." I think I will just revert to candles!

Wylamena

It's not that hard, Wy

Folks seem to be scared of the Dark Skies movement but actually it's pretty easy and saves money.

Here's an experience reported by a large Canadian city, for an example:

[O]fficials in Calgary, Alberta, recently found that retrofitting their semi-cutoff streetlights with full-cutoff fixtures greatly increased illumination levels on the ground below -- so much so that they are halving the wattage of the bulbs, a move that will save $1.4 million annually in energy costs. City officials add that the electricity they're saving will reduce emissions of carbon dioxide from coal-burning power plants by more than 300 kilograms per fixture per year.

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