3 Easy Ways to Dark Sky Lighting

Have you seen the stars lately? If you live in an urban environment seeing the night sky is becoming more challenging. With the right lighting choices, you can help this change — for the better.

The Dark-Sky movement, led by the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA), has been working to mitigate the damage caused by light pollution.

Communities and local governments have been taking notice, and as a result, are passing ordinances that balance the needs of the community with those of the environment.

Here are three ways to implement dark sky lighting into your outdoor lighting plan.

Dark Sky Lighting: See the stars with designs that light the way, not the sky!

1. Install Shielded Lights

Dark Sky lighting solution 1 is about style.

When selecting Dark Sky outdoor lighting fixtures, make sure that the design is pointing the light toward the ground, or the style has a shield that focus the light downward. This cuts down on the light pollution shining up, minimizes glare, and helps provide better vision in the dark areas.

Graphic that shows regular lighting causes light pollution, while Dark Sky lighting constrains it

2. Reduce Light Waste

Dark Sky lighting solution 2 is FREE.

Reduce light waste by only lighting areas that need it. This also means turning your lights on only when needed, or setting them onto a timer or sensor to help reduce the amount of light waste.

Outdoor patio set, featuring a seating area and outdoor light discs.
Try concentrating your outdoor lighting to a few key strategic locations.

3. Choose LED Lighting

Dark Sky lighting solution 3: Choose Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) lighting, they are energy efficient and helping cut down on energy waste.

Black finish LED outdoor wall light with a Dark Sky compliant shade that shines downwards.
Consider an energy-efficient LED model instead of regular incandescent lighting.


More Dark Sky Lighting Ideas and Advice

For more illuminating information on the Dark Sky Movement check-out our 2 part interview with the IDA.

Questions With: International Dark Sky Association, Part 1

Questions With: International Dark Sky Association, Part 2

A Guide to Dark Sky Outdoor Lighting – 6 Quick Tips