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Cambridge Ontario environmental light pollution from 7000 meters up

Cambridge Ontario environmental light pollution
This (annotated) photo shows Cambridge Ontario environmental light pollution from 7000 meters up. It was taken by Dr. Ron Brecher while on an in-bound flight to Pearson Airport in Toronto, passing over the Region of Waterloo. Click or tap for larger image. The need for stricter guidelines for commercial developments and the use of artificial [...]

Hydro One (Ontario) agrees to change bad LED lighting

Hydro One bad LED lighting upgrade
[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”] Good news in the battle to reduce environmental light pollution! I have received confirmation April 28th, 2017 from Hydro One (Ontario) on changes to their lighting at the Detweiler transformation station […]

CBC The Current: It’s early morning all night long, LED street lights

Halifax resident Hillary Harris says her whole family is awake due to the new LED street lights the city installed right across from her front porch. (Courtesy of Hillary Harris)
On May 9th, 2017, CBC's The Current radio show took on the topic of LED street lights and light pollution. You can read the full story here entitled "It's early morning all night long: Halifax residents revolt over LED street lights" and listen to this segment of the show below via the CBC radio player. This is [...]

Waterloo Region LED street lights conversion

Waterloo Region LED street lights

  In March 2017 the Waterloo Region LED street lights conversion began. This replaces existing HPS (high pressure sodium, amber) street lights with 3000K whitish LEDs. While LED can reduce energy use and has been promoted by the lighting industry as better for the environment, there are many negative characteristics unknown to the general population […]

Lights off overnight at Kitchener Walmart to help reduce light pollution

Walmart in Kitchener at The Boardwalk turns off parking lot lights over night to save energy and reduce light pollution
Update, Dec 27th, 2017 - Unfortunately this Walmart recently replaced all the parking lot lights with brighter, higher Kelvin (much whiter, appears to be 5000K) LEDs. The contractor appears to not have had any background in light emissions and the environment. This means that this Walmart location has increased its light emissions at night and [...]

Example: Low impact lighting on bank in Kitchener

low impact lighting helps reduce light pollution
This CIBC bank in Kitchener, Ontario uses low impact lighting. It's minimal and is full cut off (light down to the ground) while not overly bright. Just the right amount of light. Also, the colour temperature of the light is a warm white (3000K or less) which has less negative impacts versus white light (LED) 4000K, [...]