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Light Pollution

“Light pollution,” simply put, is light that is going where it’s not wanted.  While light pollution is a topic near and dear to the hearts of astronomers, as a reality it is something that affects everyone and everything with varying degrees of seriousness, from disrupted sleep to confused wildlife to cancer. 

 

As you consider placing lights, please consider the following:

 

More light pollution studies are still being added to the library yearly.

 

We aren’t trying to suggest that all lighting is bad or unnecessary.  Light is required for nighttime work and safety.  However, there is good lighting and bad lighting.  Good lighting should be well planned for optimum placement and well shielded for optimum efficiency.  Everyone and everything can benefit from well shielded and planned lighting.

Global sources for your consideration:

 

Local references (at least within Indiana):