We are excited to be now be a member of the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA). It may seem counter-intuitive, but we really do believe in responsible lighting. When outdoor lighting is designed well, there can be little to no light pollution. Light pollution not only wastes energy and money but is harmful to the environment.
Responsible lighting includes installing quality outdoor lighting, especially using new LED technology. Outdoor lighting should be fully shielded and direct light down where it is needed, not into the sky. We also favor moon lighting, and down lighting effect over up lighting, because done right it can achieve the same results without going into the sky. Timers, dimmers and motion sensors are also a way to reduce lighting pollution. IDA estimates that least 30 percent of all outdoor lighting in the U.S. alone is wasted, mostly by lights that aren’t shielded.
For more information, visit http://darksky.org/