Category: Dark Sky

Innovative Outdoor Lighting Design Nominated For Award

A bat ‘superhighway’ with specially tuned lighting has been nominated for a Build Back Better Award., a London-based awards program.

A bat ‘superhighway’ with specially tuned lighting has been nominated for a Build Back Better Award., a London-based awards program. The streetlights along a stretch of road in Frederiksborgvej, Denmark, have been designed to have a minimal impact on the local bat population while providing the required lux and uniformity levels for Danish road and cycle path standards.

The design practice, Light Bureau, used red light because research shows that it is less disruptive on wildlife while allowing people to find their way and maintaining their dark adaptation, and night vision. The project – dubbed ‘We Share The Night’ – consists of 30 bollards of 1-meter height spaced 30 meters apart to create corridors of complete darkness, allowing for light-shy species to cross.

Where cyclists and pedestrians cross the road, 12 higher poles of 3.5 meters have been placed, creating a change in the environment, helping to improve awareness and increase safety in these specific areas. The light level is 2.5 hemispherical lux and the uniformity is 0.15 in the area where cyclists cross the street.

The Gladsaxe Kommune municipality created an awareness campaign in local media to inform local residents why the project used red light, which is radically different from what people would normally expect from street lighting. The special luminaires were supplied by Danish lighting supplier Focus Lighting AS, a firm with a big commitment to sustainability, with modular design and its own repair and reconditioning workshop.

Designers on the project include Philip JelvardRune Brandt HermannssonHenrik Sode and Allan Nielsen. Photograph by Rune Brandt Hermannsson. Jonas Jørgensen was the project leader for the municipality.

In the coming months, the lighting design will be assessed by judges in the lighting category of the Build Back Better Awards, a London-based award program. The Awards celebrate innovation, creativity, social purpose, and environmental leadership in the built environment, and close to entries on Friday, July 29, 2022.

Check out this podcast for more details.

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Lights Out Programs Continue To Spread Across North America

The FLAP program in Toronto was the first to raise awareness of the problem lights pose for birds in an urban center, starting in 1993. In 1999, Audubon and its partners established the first Lights Out program in Chicago. Since then, groups in many other cities have organized programs to make a difference for birds

The FLAP program in Toronto was the first to raise awareness of the problem lights pose for birds in an urban center, starting in 1993. In 1999, Audubon and partners established the first Lights Out program in Chicago. Since then, groups in many other cities have organized programs to make a difference for birds. See the list below or explore the map of the Lights Out network.

State-wide and Regional Lights Out Programs

  • Colorado – Lights Out Colorado – Audubon Rockies, IDA Colorado
  • Connecticut – Lights Out Connecticut – CT Ornithological Association, Audubon Connecticut, Menunkatuck Audubon
  • Georgia – Lights Out Georgia – Georgia Audubon Society
  • New York – Lights Out New York. There is also a Hudson Valley, NY Lights Out.
  • Texas – Lights Out Texas – Audubon Texas, Texan by Nature, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Texas Conservation Alliance, Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Biodiversity Research and Teaching Collections, Texas A&M University, Houston Audubon, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Nature Trackers, Colorado State University, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Lights Out Heartland
    • Arkansas – Missouri Chapter – International Dark-Sky Association, Arkansas Natural Sky Association
    • Iowa – Missouri Chapter – International Dark-Sky Association, Green Iowa AmeriCorps
    • Kansas – Missouri Chapter – International Dark-Sky Association, Johnson County Community College
    • Missouri – Riverlands Audubon Center, St. Louis Audubon Society, Burroughs Audubon Society, Columbia Audubon Society, Greater Ozarks Audubon Society, Dark Sky MO, Gateway Arch National Park Missouri, Missouri Department of Conservation, Missouri River Bird Observatory, Missouri Sierra Club, Saint Louis Zoo, St. Charles County Parks, St. Louis Arts Chamber of Commerce, Wildlife Rescue Center.
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IDA Releases 2022 State of the Science Report On Light Pollution

The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) released the “Artificial Light at Night: State of the Science 2022” report, earlier this month. It is a high-level overview of the best scientific understanding of how artificial light at night affects the nighttime environment. It finds the world transformed by electric light in less than 150 years since its introduction.

The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) released the “Artificial Light at Night: State of the Science 2022” report, earlier this month. It is a high-level overview of the best scientific understanding of how artificial light at night affects the nighttime environment. It finds the world transformed by electric light in less than 150 years since its introduction.

IDA’s goal in issuing the report is to empower dark-sky advocates and the public with reliable, factual, understandable information about light pollution. “State Of The Science 2022” condenses the current scientific consensus on how artificial light affects seven key topics:

  • the night sky;
  • wildlife and ecology;
  • human health;
  • public safety;
  • energy use and climate change;
  • social justice; and
  • a discussion of the emerging threat from light pollution caused by objects orbiting the Earth.

Where gaps exist in the science, the report highlights them as targets of future research. Read the full report, here.

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2022 Dark Sky Awards Now Taking Submissions

The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) is now accepting nomination submissions for their 2022 Awards & Recognition Program.

The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) is now accepting nomination submissions for their 2022 Awards & Recognition Program. Whether you’ve dedicated decades to reducing light pollution, brought innovative dark sky solutions to the lighting industry, or are an up-and-coming defender of the dark, the International Dark-Sky Association would like to celebrate your commitment to the dark sky movement.

The 2022 IDA Award nomination period is open through July 15, 2022. The IDA Awards Committee will review nominations and submit recommendations to the Board of Directors for ratification. Awards will be announced by October 1, 2022.

Each awardee receives:

  • Personalized award
  • Congratulatory letter from IDA’s President and Executive Director
  • One year complimentary membership to IDA

You can apply here.

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