What is Light Pollution?

Since the invention of the first incandescent light bulb, the modern world has become flooded with artificial electric light. Brightly-lit lamps illuminate our streets, offices, and homes, extending the length of the day to give us more time to work and do activities. When artificial light becomes excessive and annoying, it is known as light pollution. Light pollution is mostly attributed to poorly designed light fixtures that shine light towards the sky, where it is not needed, instead of towards the ground. This washes out the night’s darkness and alters our circadian rhythm, leading to potential health issues.

By day decorative gooseneck lights accent this monument business sign.

By day decorative gooseneck lights accent this monument business sign.

Types of Light Pollution

Light pollution comes in three main forms: glare, light trespass, and sky glow. Glare refers to unshielded light that generates a loss of contrast in the eye and possibly temporary blindness. Light trespass occurs when light enters an unwanted or unnecessary area such as a street lamp shining into your bedroom as you are trying to sleep. Sky glow is the radiance over an inhabited area caused by upward directed lights, which is for the most part, unused. All of these types of light pollution causes a huge strain in the environment and have dire consequences. It threatens our ecosystems with fluctuations in the natural patterns of light and dark which results in negative impacts on plant and animal physiology. Humans, just as well, are affected by the disruption of the light and dark pattern. Our production of melatonin is also regulated by day and night patterns and the presence of artificial light during night time can suppress our melatonin production. This can lead to health problems such as sleep disorders, fatigue, headaches, and obesity. Not to mention, all the extra unnecessary lighting is extremely wasteful, costing us money and increasing energy consumption.

By night, gooseneck fixtures  direct light to feature the sign's message clearly for drivers.

By night, gooseneck fixtures direct light to feature the sign’s message clearly for drivers.

How to Reduce Light Pollution

Light pollution can be easily reduced by simply using shielded lights so the light is directed at its intended purpose. Angle Shade Gooseneck Lights prevents the light from escaping upward and causing sky glow and are the perfect light fixtures to focus light at small spaces, like a sign. The gooseneck fixtures are a great alternative for lighting monument signs rather than using a floodlight which casts light upwards. If you are looking to light a larger area, the Warehouse Shade Gooseneck Light is an ideal exterior light to illuminate storefronts, porches, and walkways without spilling light into other businesses or residences In addition, there are a variety of options for the gooseneck arms so you can customize your light fixture to aim directly at your desired spot which will minimize lighting in unnecessary areas. Not only are gooseneck light fixtures great at shielding lights and reducing light pollution, but also are stylish are adds a contemporary flair to your storefront or interior. For illuminating large outdoor sections, such as parking lots or streets, choose pole lights, like the Post Mount Double Arm Light, that are designed to project a downward light to limit light pollution.

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