“If you look up at the night sky along the Wasatch Front, you won’t see the expanse of black velvet covered with diamonds that you expect. Instead, you will see a pink-orange firmament and 70 stars at best. This is a result of our failure to use reasonable amounts of light and to properly shield outdoor fixtures.
Gas stations and car lots, the most egregious light polluters, are brighter at midnight than at noon. The glow cast into the sky is visible from Great Basin National Park, more than 200 miles away. This light pollution affects migration patterns in birds and has potentially serious health implications for people through changing sleep patterns and reduced levels of melatonin. The Prairie Astronomy Club in Nebraska estimates that about $1 billion is wasted through light pollution each year.
When I bought a new car last month, I used a car dealer that used light responsibly. I challenge others who care about their health and the quality of life to do the same. If these businesses start hearing that customers want them to save money and reduce their impact on the world around us, maybe they will reduce their light pollution. – Matthew Flitton, West Jordan”
In my opinion, light pollution is surreptitious form of pollution. Since the advent of street lighting, electrical technology and rising global population, the sky has slowly become more polluted over time. Now, many inhabitants on Earth have never even seen the Milky Galaxy in all its glory. As each year passes, certainly there’s more light pollution, but there’s certainly increased awareness from inhabitants yearning for darker skies. Increasing awareness is the first to identifying a global problem. Light pollution may seem harmless, but scientific research suggests otherwise. It’s also been proven to be financially irresponsible. As population increases, environmental pressure increases. Ergo, solutions are needed to help lessen or offset our environmental impact. Proper lighting fixtures, utilizing shielding and motion sensors, offers a substantial reduction in electrical bills, better health and well-being and eliminates light pollution 100%. Shielded lighting is not a ‘bandage’ solution to a problem, but rather, a cure to a ubiquitous ailment.
Let there be night!