Category Archives: Light Pollution

News and Information on #lightpollution

It’s not just the bane of light sleepers and frustrated astronomers. It also is tinkering with the biological cycles of all kinds of living things, including us!

Tell your elected official to say no to blue-rich white LED street lighting

blue rich 4000K LED street lights going up along King Street in Kitchener, Ontario.

I wanted to share this article posted by the International Darksky Association. It is very important that citizens speak up and demand the officials don’t over light and use this bad white light LED when awarding contracts and performing street light conversions. Call or email you elected official with your concerns. Together we are stronger […]

Judge Ruled Against City of Monterey Over LED Conversion

4000K LED street lights along King St in Waterloo Ontario Canada
on JANUARY 9, 2017 Night over Monterey Bay. Photo by Gail Frederick. Recently, a judge ruled against the city of Monterey, stating they violated the California Environmental Quality Act and the Brown Act when they began their LED streetlight conversion in 2009. A group of Monterey residents calling themselves, Turn Down The Lights, brought the case [...]

Statement on LED Conversion; Region of Waterloo Council Nov 1, 2016

LED street lights in Kitchener, Ontario are more white in colour which has a higher blue content. This leads to increases in light pollution, skyglow and scatters more easily in the human eye disrupting night vision.
On November 1st, Region of Waterloo transportation department staff gave Regional Council an update on the LED conversion. A link to the video archive for this presentation can be found at the end of this post. While the presentation certainly gave Councillors a warm and fuzzy feeling about the LED conversion details to date, it [...]

Huntsville Ontario; another town that enacts a light pollution bylaw

Light dome from Kitchener-Waterloo caused by artifical light sources (street lights, porch lights, business lights and signs). This not only washes away the stars in the night sky but also has been linked to negative affects on our night time environment health (ecology).

Bylaws are coming into effect in many cities and towns across Canada to deal with the out of control problem of light pollution. It’s not just a cancer of the night sky. Its luminous fog washing out the stars and Milky Way because of poorly designed and implemented outdoor lighting. No the problem is more […]

Region of Waterloo won’t require spectrum reports for new LED street lights

4000K LED street lights in Kitchener Ontario

Update, Dec 17, 2016 – After I further questioned more of the same unclear approach to answering my questions, answering in part but not fully, related to the LED conversion, I received a rather cold email from the Director of Transportation for Region of Waterloo stating the project was moving ahead regardless of any concerns I still […]

AMA Report Signals Dangers of LED Lighting

LED lighting light pollution being increased

on JUNE 21, 2016 [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”] A groundbreaking report recently released by the American Medical Association (AMA) Council on Science and Public Health affirms known and suspected impacts to human health and the […]