Light Pollution

Light pollution from improper outdoor lighting wastes billions of dollars and vast quantities of natural resources annually. Starry Night Lights is committed to fighting light pollution and restoring our heritage of star-filled skies. We offer the widest selection of night sky friendly outdoor lighting for your home or business.

Light up the night with updated porch fixtures

Posted on November 8, 2010 by Noel


Minka Lavery – Great Outdoors Large Wall Light $129.99

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“KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The glow of a porch light does more than light up the night, providing safety and security. It’s a decorative element that adds to your home’s total look, and porch lights are evolving to reflect energy efficiency and light pollution concerns.

Here’s what local and national experts have to say about the latest in porch lights.

Consider alternatives to clear glass. Textured glass, such as seeded, etched or rippled, along with opaque and colored glass, are becoming more popular, says Bob Wilson of Wilson Lighting. “Texture adds to the look and feel of the fixture,” he says, and helps camouflage energy-efficient CFL bulbs and reduces glare, while amber light gives a warm glow.

Older eyes become more sensitive, and instead of providing safety, glare from a porch light can be detrimental when trying to navigate steps, says Jeff Dross, senior product manager at Kichler Lighting.

Go for energy efficiency. Easiest to do? Replace your incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent lamps. “CFLs are generally very good until extreme cold hits with temperatures consistently at zero,” Dross says.

He finds exterior lighting a great place to use fluorescents, which offer the most light for your buck.

Keep the skies dark. The dark sky movement started a decade ago in western states to fight light pollution. “There’s a whole shift in how we light the out of doors,” says Tom Patterson, director of product development at Hinkley Lighting.

Instead of light leaking up and horizontally, the light from porch lights shines down, illuminating where you’re walking. The International Dark Sky Association even gives its seal of approval to lights that pass muster.

“You can do with one-third of wattage used,” Patterson says. “Tie it in with fluorescent, and the fixture is even more efficient while still safe and effective.”

Look for different metals. Porch lights were once polished brass, but that finish fails to weather well in some climates.

Aluminum has become a popular choice, and it can be painted different colors. Dross says he’s seeing more neutral-tone grays. Other popular metals are nickel and brushed nickel, stainless steel and dark bronze.”

Starry Night Lights offers a variety of shielded lighting fixtures for any style and budget. These not only help direct the light downward, but make your home a better investment for the future. Even better, if you use motion sensor lighting fixtures, one can reduce their energy consumption even more as well as help improve their home security system. Really, it’s a win-win situation. You, as the consumer, have the greatest power of all: choice. Do the research, find the facts and work out the best solution for your home. Starry Night Lights will continue to fight the good fight against light pollution and will always advocate for darker, more pristine skies!

Let there be night!

Project DIY: Replacing Old Lights

Posted on March 15, 2010 by Noel

“Not only will you attract more potential buyers and get a quicker sale (not to mention being the envy of your neighbours) you’ll probably get a welcome boost in your sale price. Spending 5% of the value of your home on landscaping, and you might get back as much as 150% of your money back. If your landscaping is on the low end for the area, bringing it up to par with your neighbours could increase the value of your property by as much as 15%. And academic studies are proving the point. One university study found that consumers valued a landscaped home up to 11.3 percent higher than its base price. Another consumer survey in Ireland found that hedges raised property value by 3.6 percent, a landscaped kerb by 4% and a landscaped patio by a staggering 12.4%” – Article Source

Buying a home is an investment. As such, with any investment, one wishes to achieve the maximum return value on that investment. Our last DIY topic lauded the value of energy efficient, shielded outdoor lamps and the ‘ambiance’ it creates. This particular DIY article will focus more on larger outdoor lights found on homes. Have any outdoor lights barely hanging on? Been meaning to update them to reflect your style? Looking for something less obstructive but more welcoming? Take a look at the image at the beginning of the article. It possesses an old fashion yet contemporary look, it’s stylish and guess what, it’s 100% night sky friendly. Significant strides have been made in lighting technology, to provide numerous styles for demanding consumers. Rustic, classic, contemporary or a fusion of them all, Starry Night Lights delivers.

Portland to Consider Lights-Out Proposal ; Streetlight Reductions Could Save Up to $225,000 a Year and Shrink the City’s Carbon Footprint, Officials Say.

Posted on March 30, 2009 by Noel


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“Removing 10 percent of the light fixtures would save the city an estimated $100,000 a year; removing 25 percent of the fixtures would save as much as $225,000.”

The aforementioned quote exhibits Public Services Director Michael Bobinsky’s findings if Portland were to cut their carbon footprint. Overall, officials within Portland also hope to “reduce the wattage used by some streetlights; use photocell technology to turn off streetlights when they’re not needed; and eventually replace mercury vapor and high- pressure sodium lights with energy-saving light-emitting diode streetlights.” According to a city report, Portland spends $1.2 million a year to maintain 7,600 streetlights. Part of President Barack Obama administration stimulus package, Portland received the city has $684,700 in federal stimulus funds used for energy efficiency, whilst a portion of the money will be used for buying more-efficient lights.

“We should have done this a long time ago; become a part of a large national movement in which cities are trying to use lighting more efficiently in order to reduce energy usage and cut down on light pollution.”

Martha Sheils, Maine representative of the International Dark-Sky Association., agrees with City Councilor David Marshall’s stance on reducing energy usage and abolish light pollution by stating:

“The public is becoming more aware of the need to reduce light pollution; excessive lighting not only wastes money, but it also disorients migratory birds and makes it more difficult for people to see the night sky.”

Let the Light In!

Posted on September 14, 2008 by Marielle

Almost nothing is as dreary as dark or poorly lit room. There’s just something about a bright well lit room, which makes it inviting and comforting. Home lighting is a great way to make ones home more inviting. In fact, it is one of the cheaper ways to update your home and bring more character into your home, as well. There are various choices of home lighting, both indoor and outdoor. Luckily for you, Starry Night Lights, has many kinds of suitable home lighting, both indoor and outdoor. This is because Starry Night Lights, realizes how important it is to have a large selection of lighting, so that each individual can choose the lighting that best fits ones
individual taste. Lets go through some options, and find the best way to let the light in!

Starry Night Lights

Indoor Lighting:

Wall Scones: Wall scones are an excellent way to light an area of ones home. They are decorative, practical and allow an individual to only light specific and desired areas. They come in various designs and in various finishes including; copper, aluminum, brass, ceramic and stainless steel.

Ceiling Mounted Lighting: Another excellent source of indoor lighting is ceiling mounted lighting. This form of lighting allows one to light an entire room with only one light fixture. Ceiling mounted lighting is also a nice way to tastefully light an area without over doing the amount light in a room. Also, one does not have to worry about this form of lighting ‘getting in the way’, as it is mounted on ones ceiling.

Pendant Lighting: An artistic and interesting way to light ones home, is through pendant lighting. Pendant lights come in many forms and colors, making them one of the most interesting forms of lighting. This form of lighting is also an excellent way to draw attention to a particular part of a room, or home. Don’t be shy to check into this form of dangling art.

Besa Pendant Lights


Outdoor Lighting
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Starry Night Lights also has a large collection of energy efficient and night friendly, outdoor lighting fixtures.

Landscape Lighting: Outdoor lighting can sometimes be tough to decide on, but what is easy to decide on is the fact that you need lights which are night friendly and do not shine up into the night sky. It is best to choose lights that only light the areas which you feel need to be lit. Landscape lighting is one of the best choices, it allows you to light specific areas, while also having attractive fixtures. Starry Night Lights, also carries LED landscape lights, this way one can enjoy night friendly and energy efficient outdoor lighting fixtures.

Solar Powered Outdoor Lighting: Interested in being as environmentally friendly as possible try solar powered outdoor lighting. You will be guaranteed both energy efficiency, and environmentally friendly lighting.

Solar Powered LED

Wall Mounted Exterior Lighting Fixtures: For those individuals who only care to light small portions of outdoor areas, wall mounted exterior lighting, is a great choice. These fixtures are guaranteed to produce no light pollution, they are attractive and still give a generous amount of light to the needed area.

Allow Starry Night Lights to serve you and be guaranteed both environmentally and night friendly lighting fixtures, designed to save energy and protect the environment.

Types of Lighting

Posted on May 2, 2008 by Valerie

There are three main types of lighting that need to be considered as you plan the lighting in your home:

General Lighting provides an area with overall illumination. This is also known as ambient lighting. General lighting is basic form of lighting that replaces sunlight and enables one to see and walk about safely at night. By radiating light at a comfortable level of brightness, general lighting is fundamental to a lighting plan. This can be accomplished with chandeliers, ceiling or wall-mounted fixtures, recessed or track lights, and with lanterns outside your home.
chandelier
Task lighting helps you perform specific tasks such as reading, sewing, cooking, homework, hobbies, games, or balancing your checkbook. Task lighting should be free of distracting glare and shadows and should be bright enough to prevent eyestrain. It can be provided by recessed and track lighting, pendant lighting, and portable lamps.
pendants
Accent Lighting adds drama to a room by creating visual interest. As part of a decorating scheme it is used to spotlight paintings, houseplants, sculpture, and other prized possessions. It can even be used to highlight the texture of a wall, drapery or outdoor landscaping. Accent lighting requires at least three times as much light on the focal point than the general lighting around it. This usually is provided by track, recessed, or wall-mounted fixtures.
recessed light
As always we at Starry Night Lights can help you with any of your lighting needs

Hit the Lights!!!

Posted on April 1, 2008 by Marielle

Give your home a ‘face-lift’ change your lights! There are so many styles and forms of lighting today that finding the exact lighting that you want is easy. Find your indoor and outdoor lighting at Starry Night Lights, the night sky friendly lighting specialists.

Wall Scones:

Wall Scone

Serve as an excellent way to draw attention to a wall or highlite an area. All wall scones sold by Starry Night Lights shine light downwards or on the area which needs to be lit and not into neighbors homes. They come in various styles such as; copper, aluminum, brass, ceramic and stainless steel and also in many different finishes.

Outdoor Wall Lanterns:

Outdoor Wall Latern

Lanterns are an interesting outdoor form of lighting which are both appealing and functional. All the outdoor wall lanterns which can be found at Starry Night Lights are night sky friendly and can be easily placed at the most desirous location. Starry Night Lights lanterns come in many different shapes, sizes and patterns.

Pendant Lighting:

Pendant Lighting

Pendant lights are great! They are a lot of fun, they come in many interesting forms with many interesting colors. They also really bring a presence to a room and area.

Landscape Lighting:

Landscape Lighting

All forms of landscape lighting which can be found at Starry Night Lights are both neighbor and night friendly. They are designed to be both attractive and durable. Landscape Lighting is an excellent way to light your walkway, or specific areas of your yard. This way you may light the areas you seek to have lit, and not over due the amount of lighting you need.

Architectural Lighting:

Architectural Lighting

What’s great about architectural lighting is that not only is it an excellent source of outdoor lighting, but it also allows people to move around safely and securely without worry. Architectural lighting serves as a wonderful to get a good amount of light, while also respecting neighbors and the environment.

These lights and many other great and fun types of lights can be found at Starry Night Lights. And all the lights that can be found at Starry Night Lights are guaranteed to be both neighbor and night friendly!

Having Fun with… Lightz

Posted on March 13, 2008 by Marielle

Starry Night Lights works hard to ensure that one can choose, both interesting and economically friendly lighting. It is our hope that individuals will consider the negative consequences that certain lighting options have on the environment and will instead pick responsible options when lighting their homes. In order to give our customers as many options as possible, we offer many forms of lighting from many different brands. These brands include: GlareBuster, Justice Design, LSI Lighting Solutions, Sea Gull Lighting, as well as: 

AmeriTec Lighting

Besa Lighting

Besa Lighting Ex.

Hadco

KichlerLighting

Minka Group                    

 Minka Lighting Ex.              

 SPJ Lighting

Ultra Lights

 

 

For all the brands sold by Starry Night Lights please go to the ‘lighting by brand’ section on our webpage.

New and modern forms of lighting are one of the greatest and cheapest ways to give your home a ‘face-lift’. Interesting lighting serves as an excellent way to draw attention to your home, porch and garden. Also, with products purchased from Starry Night Lights, you are receiving efficient and sky friendly lighting. As a result, feel free to ‘lighten-up’ your home with Starry Night Lights forms of lighting and be guaranteed both cool and environmentally safe lighting.            

   

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Filling Light, Not Shining

Posted on October 3, 2007 by Davis

Justice Design Group Large Ceramic Wall Sconce

Your shadow will follow you anywhere but into a dark room. But as it follows you into your favorite, well-lit room, your shadow (and the overall shadow of the room) doesn’t have to be so present. Direct light, that is, light straight from the light bulb, will cast distinct, definite shadow. Ambient light, on the other hand, softens the edges of shadow, and if the lighting is even enough and ambient enough, shadow disappears almost entirely, considerably softening the mood and atmosphere of that favorite room.

Justice Design Group offers a thorough line of indoor lighting fixtures built around this principle: ambient light will warm a room, not heat it. The large wall sconce pictured scatters light evenly, as opposed to flooding its surroundings with direct, shadow-casting glare. The warmth of the light generated by the fixtures in the Ambiance Collection works with existing color to create a glow in the atmosphere of your indoor space. A room becomes more comfortable as it is surrounded and filled with light.

The Large Ceramic Wall Sconce from the Ambiance Collection is easy on the eyes in two ways: it keeps the lighting warm and soft, and the sconce itself is styled to fit just as well into your room, whether the lights are on or off. By allowing the light to be diffused through the ceramic body, and bounced and spread across the wall, the entire wall becomes your light, not just the bulb. Offered in a variety of finishes, this sconce can also be ordered in the pictured ceramic bisque, which well receives stains, paints and other finishes to be matched to the interior design scheme of your living space. For more information on this sconce, other light fixtures from the Ambience Collection by Justice Design Group, or products from a host of other vendors, check out StarryNightLights.com.

Residential Lighting Update

Posted on March 13, 2007 by Rob

Residential Light FixtureVirtually every house in the country has exterior light fixtures at the doors and/or garage. Typically, very little thought goes into their selection. Builders and contractors have so many decisions to make in the process of building a home that the exterior lights are often chosen on a basis of price and availability. So, if a fixture is cheap and in-stock at the electrical supply house, its likely to be installed on your home. This makes lots of sense from the contractors point of view, but is absolutely silly from the homeowners perspective. The lights on the exterior of your home will be often be seen by an incredibly large number of passersby. If you leave your lights on at night (you don’t, do you), an even larger number of people can see these as light travels great distances with ease. If you’d like the night time look of your home to be as warm and inviting as you are, an upgrade of your outdoor lights just might do the trick.

Residential lights come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and colors. The only ones you should even consider are the night sky friendly ones. Non-friendly fixtures should be banned from production…. just as many communities have banned their installation. Night sky friendly lights (as a refresher) put light on the ground where its needed to allow you to move about safely after dark. They don’t shine wastefully up into the night sky or thoughtlessly across property lines. These are two places where residential lights definitely don’t belong. Night sky friendly lights are generally classified as full cutoff fixtures. Don’t let this technical term scare you. It simply means that no light shines above the horizontal position. You can vary the throw or distance that a fixture casts light by varying the angle at which the light come out… or by varying the mounting height of the fixture. There is no need to light to the end of your property… or even to the end of your driveway. Cars have headlights. They can easily navigate the end of your driveway. Its when people get out of the car (typically near the house) that light becomes a requirement. Aim to light this area… and this area only and you’ll save money… save the environment… and make your neighbors much happier.

So, you’ve decided to choose some nice, sky friendly fixtures. Wonderful! Now, where do you start. At this point, its more of a personal preference. The look and materials used on the exterior of your home can offer suggestions… as can the surrounding environment. Natural materials like wood and stone often work well with metallic fixtures like brass, copper, aluminum or steel. Adobe or stucco homes very often combine nicely with ceramic fixtures. Pictured above is the JDG-1300W from the Justice Design Group. The fixture is shown in “unfinished bisque” but is available in dozens of really beautiful finishes.
Dry climates are easy. Everything (except people) holds up well when its dry. Damp, salt climates, like those found in coastal area are much tougher. You’ll definitely want to make use of a durable material. Again, brass, copper and ceramics are virtually unaffected by mother nature.

Introducing the CandleAria Collection from the Justice Design Group

Posted on October 4, 2006 by Rob

CandleAria-CollectionStarry Night Lights is excited to announce the addition of the CandleAria Collection from the Justice Design Group. Offering the rich golden glow of candles with a contemporary style. All of these fixtures come with candle-like shades that will add considerable light, warmth and charm to any room. The Dakota grouping of fixtures is also available with a choice of flat rim or melted rim shades. This collection of fixtures is available in four metal finishes.

Justice Design is the undisputed leader in the ceramic decorative lighting category with one of the finest reputations in the industry. Their ceramic light fixtures are cast by hand, carefully inspected, and individually hand finished to insure satisfaction. From concept to order fulfillment, Justice Design offers uncompromised attention to detail, coupled with unparalleled service.

Starry Night Lights offers a wide selection of attractive ceramic light fixtures from the Justice Design Group

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