“NOGALES, Ariz. (AP) – Nogales is turning off nearly 300 street lights. City officials say it not only conserves money and energy, it would also reduce light pollution.
The police department and public works identified 295 of Nogales’ more than 1,100 streetlights that could be turned off without affecting public or traffic safety.
The Nogales International reports street lights are going dark in residential and commercial areas.
In addition, the city of Nogales says it is teaming up with Unisource to replace existing light fixtures with more efficient models.
In a similar move, the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors voted in August to stop paying for 879 street lights that were not designated as crucial to traffic safety.”
Why keep the lights on when they are not needed? This is a question many government municipalities have been asking themselves the past few years, especially since the global 2007 recession. When you leave unnecessary lights on for no one to use, who or what benefits? No one nor thing. It’s a waste of time, energy and money. Good move, Nogales. Turning off unnecessary lights will save the city money and energy. The next in reducing light pollution further, would be to utilize proper shielding on preexisting or new light fixtures. I think it’s fair to say that small changes often pave the way for larger changes and Nogales is a perfect example. More and more towns, cities and metropolises are reevaluating their lighting strategies. Though the primary concern is money and energy, I think clear night skies will start as a tertiary effect and quickly become a primary concern.
Let there be night!