Light itself is not the pollutant, but its obtrusive nature is. The International Dark-Sky Association defines light pollution as “the inappropriate or excessive use of artificial light. That can take many forms, including glare, or excessive brightness; sky glow, which drowns out the night sky over urban areas; light trespass, or stray light falling where it is not needed; and clutter, or confusing groups of bright light sources."
The disappearance of the night sky is tied up in our ever faster-more paced world.
Excessive light pollution is a major issue for many European countries - 99% of the European Union population lives in areas where the night sky is polluted. Even more alarming is that for about two-thirds of the European Union population ‘night’ never really comes.
Some countries are already acting to reduce lighting pollution. For example, France has implemented stringent new laws which limit the amount of light emitted into the sky to less than 4% of any outdoor light fixture and specify times when outdoor lighting must be dimmed or extinguished completely.
Light pollution could be eliminated by switching lights off. But we live in a 24-hour world where lighting is needed around the clock. Lighting plays a huge role in creating environments that people enjoy spending time in.
All of our luminaires have been developed with specific photometrical distributions for roads, urban streets and pedestrianised areas, that ensure the right light in the right place at the right time to minimise light pollution and maximise energy savings. Fitted with sensors, luminaires respond to the amount of natural light and enable local authorities to adjust output through the seasons so no light is wasted. It has also been designed so there is no upward light spill whilst ensuring light is distributed evenly.