To help spread the word about light pollution, IDA offers four topic-specific brochures and a general information brochure which you can download as PDFs.
IDA members in the U.S. can request free printed brochures from IDA. Fill out our brochure request form or contact [email protected]
Anyone may use the high-resolution PDFs below for printing and distribution.
IDA General Brochure: Protect the Night
A general brochure about light pollution which describes how light pollution devastates wildlife, may harm your health, can make you less safe, wastes energy and money, and robs us of our natural heritage.
Light Pollution Can Put Your Health at Risk
Includes info about the human biological clock, circadian rhythms, melatonin, how glare impairs nighttime vision, negative effects of artificial light at night, plus solutions for safe lighting.
Light Pollution Can Harm Wildlife
Includes info about how artificial light negatively impacts corals, sea turtles, frogs and toads, and birds, plus many other species, plus solutions for safe lighting.
Outdoor Lighting, Crime, and Safety
Includes info about how poor residential lighting creates a false sense of security, how towns and cities can fix poor outdoor lighting, how bad roadway lighting creates unsafe driving conditions, poor lighting reduces safety and security, plus solutions for safe lighting.
Light Pollution Wastes Energy and Money
Includes info about how poorly implemented lighting impacts energy use, affects our carbon footprint, wastes billions of dollars each year, and how many kilowatt-hours are wasted by the average home, plus energy efficiency solutions.
More outreach materials
Help us spread the word about light pollution! For more information, contact Susan Ciarniello at [email protected] or 520-293-3198.
Light Pollution Solution Postcard
Everybody can do something to stop light pollution and now we have a postcard explaining exactly what YOU can do! The front says “Stop light pollution” and the back has colorful infographics giving people simple solutions to help protect the night sky.
Light Pollution Wastes Energy Infographic
IDA has created a captivating infographic that breaks down the data on the amount of energy and money wasted due to bad lighting in an easy-to-understand manner. Share this image on social media, via email or download and print them out to distribute at your next event.
IDA Energy Infographic (for printing)
IDA Energy Infographic (for web)
“Losing the Dark”
IDA’s “Losing the Dark” is a free informative six-minute introduction to light pollution that can either be streamed online or downloaded onto your computer.
IDA Basics PowerPoint Presentation
Please download and use this general dark sky presentation, featuring an overview of the negative effects of light pollution on society and the environment.
Talking to Your Neighbors
Have your neighbors installed lighting that shines on your property and leaves you frustrated? We’ve created a sample letter to your neighbor (DOCX) that may help. Be sure to visit our My Neighbor’s Lighting page, too, for more information and suggestions on how to talk to your neighbors about their lighting.
Five Principles for Responsible Outdoor Lighting
Developed jointly by the International Dark-Sky Association and Illuminating Engineering Society, these five simple principles for responsible outdoor home lighting show how you can protect nocturnal wildlife, be a good neighbor, and preserve the night sky.
Five Principles for Responsible Outdoor Lighting — English (PDF)
Five Principles for Responsible Outdoor Lighting — English (PNG)
Luz para Proteger la Noche — Español (PNG)
Home Lighting Assessment
Is your home nature- neighbor- and night-sky-friendly?
Most people will find that a few simple changes can lead to home lighting that is both beautiful and functional, without contributing excessive light pollution.
Traveling Pop-Up Displays
You can check out one or all of our six traveling pop-up displays for free. They’re easy to assemble and come in six different themes: “Heritage of Our Night Sky,” “Light Pollution and Wildlife,” “Artificial Light at Night and Human Health,” “Lighting and Energy Waste,” “Lighting and Safety,” and “Solutions.” We ship our ever-popular pop-up displays to you for free and only ask that you pay the return postage when shipping them back.
Note: Pop-ups are currently not available. You can download the display files to print here.
Do you need ideas on how to make a difference in your community? Check out our Get Involved page for a variety of tips and resources, and how you can put these to work.