The International Dark-Sky Association believes that our society has lost site of the night sky stars and planets. Is it possible that our street lights are extinguishing our inherent connection with the natural world? The International Dark-Sky Association promotes simple (back to the basics) ideas: light what you need, when you need it and where you need it.
Photo: Dark Sky Photo by Jim Richardson Photography
But what is dark sky compliant? How do you know if your exterior lights are compliant with what may become a requirement? In places like Laguna Beach, California laws have already passed to change your exterior lighting to meet or exceed the Dark Sky Associations regulations. For more information on Laguna Beach’s Dark Sky regulations check out “Please help us find our friend the Milky Way!”.
The concern regarding the lack of visual nighttime access to the sky started with professional and amateur astronomers. The alarming notion occurred that the nocturnal skyglow from urban areas was eradicating the sight of stars for both astronomers and regular sky observers.
The dark-sky movement encourages the use of full-cut off light fixtures that cast little or no upward light. But of course some exterior light is needed for safety, entertaining and convenience. So what now? Do you need to change all of your exterior lights? Well the International Dark-Sky Association has created a list of simple guidelines for small communities, urban neighborhoods, and subdivisions: Simple Guidelines by Dark-Sky Association.
And not to worry with the growing Dark Sky phenomenon most lighting manufacturers offer some or all of their products to meet the Dark Sky Compliant regulations. For more information on dark sky compliant products contact Lightopia at 1-877-559-7516.
Check out these fun and educational Dark Sky Compliant links:
Find your local Dark Sky Compliant Chapter
Worldwide Interactive Dark Sky Finder
Clear Sky Chart A 48 hour astronomers forecast.
The Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: Learn more about a nine-step scale to rate the sky conditions at any observing site.
Dark Sky in Schools
Laguna Beach, California Laguna Beach, California’s Dark Sky Regulations