What is light pollution?

Light pollution can be described as artificial light that is allowed to illuminate, or pollute, areas not intended to be lit.

Intrusive Light is the intrusion of over-bright or poorly directed lights onto neighbouring property. An example would be an inconsiderately directed security light shining into a bedroom window.

Skyglow is the orange glow seen over towns and roads from upward light. It is becoming more and more difficult to find areas where the view of the night sky is unaffected by illumination and it is a real problem for astronomers.

Poor Lighting is inconsiderate or incorrectly set lighting which can:
  • produce glare which interferes with viewing an area or object
  • detract from the architectural appearance of a building
  • impact on ecology and wildlife
  • waste energy, resources and money
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11/08/2016

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