Dark Sky Lighting - Security, Safety and Glare

 

Smart lighting techniques increase security by creating even illumination rather then harsh glare.

 

Often the purpose of outdoor lighting is to provide security. Certainly parking lots at malls need to have light to be safe. This is true in many circumstances. However, if the lighting is overly bright with much glare, they actually make it easier for a criminal to hide in the deep shadows produced by objects in the harsh glary light and encourage crime rather than discourage it.

A great deal of noise is made by folks who over light facilities. They claim to be concerned only with safety. To that end we respond: " Let's have real security, not just bad lighting." We believe that full shielded lights and moderate illumination levels increase safety. Not overly bright, glary lights.

Source: Virginia Outdoor Lighting Taskforce (VOLT)

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