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Really, Really Bad Lighting

An "acorn" outdoor street light at night gives off a lot of glare because it's not shielded.

We’ve all seen examples of good and bad lighting, but every once in a while there’s an example of lighting that is extremely bad. We present to you four examples of the some of the… Read More

Be Part of the Global Debate On LEDs

Light pollution in New York City. Photo by Jim Richardson.

For the past five years, IDA has sounded the alarm about the environmental and health impacts of blue-rich white light-emitting diode (LED) street lighting that is replacing older technologies in cities across the globe. Recently… Read More

Night Lights and Prosperity Don’t Always Go Hand in Hand

Photo ISS043-E-247811 of North and South Korea from the International Space Station ISS.

By guest writer Chris Kyba North Korea is famously dark compared to South Korea and China at night, and images like the one above are often used to demonstrate the consequences of its “unenlightened” policies. I certainly wouldn’t… Read More

IDA Publishes in LED Professional magazine

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IDA is excited to announce the publication of our ‘special topic’ article “The Value of Dark Skies – About Environmentally Friendly Lighting” in the March/April issue of LED Professional magazine. We are always trying to reach industry… Read More

Lessons from the Retrofit Revolution

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A recent news article draws attention to a new street lighting project just completed in downtown Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This retrofit included replacing hundreds of high-pressure sodium lights with new, more energy-efficient, white LEDs. Philadelphia officials had good intentions in deploying… Read More

City’s LED Retrofit Shows Need For Careful Lighting Choices

A neighborhood on a lake with tall trees reflected in the water.

By Guest Author Jim Benya The initial LED streetlight installation went awry, but this story has a happy ending Davis, California, is a small city adjacent to a large university. The city has a well-educated… Read More

Citizens Push Back on LED Lighting

Downtown main street of Liberal, Kansas sports new streetlights with old-time character, but which pour light out in all directions and up into the sky. With no shielding the exposed globes cause much glare that makes seeing difficult.

By Chris Kyba, IDA board member and light pollution researcher If you don’t like what you see, why don’t you fight it? If you know there’s something wrong why don’t you right it? –Trooper Citizens… Read More

Planning Our Nights

A nighttime satellite image of Florida showing excessive lighting that creates skyglow.

Florida Planning magazine (published by the American Planning Association Florida Chapter) features a great article about protecting the night from a conservation planning perspective. The piece was written by IDA Board Member and Florida chapter… Read More

Take Action to Prevent ‘Projecting Change’ in NYC

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A planned outdoor light projection event this Saturday, August 1, will bathe New York City’s iconic Empire State Building in 800,000 lumens of light showing images of endangered species from around the world. The creators of the… Read More

IDA Pens Op-Ed on Phoenix’s New Lights

This screen shot from the NASA Blue Marble map shows the incredible amount of light coming stemming from Phoenix, Arizona

On Saturday, 13 June 2015, the Arizona Republic published the following guest editorial by IDA Executive Director Scott Feierabend on the subject of the pending conversion of street lights in Phoenix, Arizona, to white LEDs.  … Read More