Tag Archives: artificial lighting

Ecological benefits of partial lights off overnight

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

PUBLIC RELEASE: 20-JAN-2019  Nighttime pollinators benefit from street lights being switched off in the middle of the night NEWCASTLE UNIVERSITY Switching off street lights to save money and energy could have a positive knock-on effect on our nocturnal pollinators, according to new research. A study, led by experts from Newcastle and York universities, has shown that […]

Philips Lighting webinar on light pollution

On January 17th, 2019 Philips Lighting held a webinar covering the ecological and human effects of light pollution. Two keynote speakers presented their research and findings. This is my own summary and thoughts on this webinar and the information presented. The presentation was basic but provided a good overview of the problem and some of the impacts […]

Light pollution researcher and the ecological impact of artificial light at night

the ecological impact of artificial light at night
Dr. Christopher Kyba, light pollution researcher at the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences talks about the ecological impact of artificial light at night. In spite of cities trying to reduce energy consumption with LED streetlights, the WHOLE world energy budget is increasing via light pollution - a jevons paradox. An empty parking lot in [...]

Energy saving LEDs increasing light pollution globally

energy saving LED increasing light pollution
What was herald by the lighting industry and politicians as a means to combat climate change and save our environment has become the enemy within. Energy saving LEDs are increasing light pollution globally and the latest research science has confirmed it. An interesting article (and links to the research within) written by Andrew Nikiforuk was published [...]

3 Insects Affected by Light Pollution

insects affected by light pollution

If all mankind were to disappear, the world would regenerate back to the rich state of equilibrium that existed ten thousand years ago. If insects were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos. — Naturalist E. O. Wilson, Harvard University Every year we see lots of new research on the effect of artificial light at night […]

White LED Lights Causing Skyglow

Distant skyglow created by white LED lights in the parking lot of a large box store retailer in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
What if I told you that LED lighting is creating a slew of new environmental problems and making existing problems worse. No, that can't be right, I'm saving the planet by using LED! Well not so fast. The switch to LED outdoor lighting is fast becoming a cancer spreading across our night environment. The problem [...]