It had never really occurred to me that the words 'environmentally friendly' could be applied to so many aspects of artificial lighting until I was asked to take a look at the products supplied by a company called Starry Night Lights
(http://www.starrynightlights.com/). They specialise in products that reduce light pollution, and are also environmentally friendly.
Now if you are a budding astronomer, then you'll be very familiar with the effects of light pollution on the night sky ... If you're not then, basically it blocks the view of all but the brightest stars, and the nearer you are to a town or city, the worse it gets, until the night sky becomes just a void.
But light pollution is more than occluding our view of the heavens. Bad artificial lighting can cause glare, it can blind passing vehicles and is not only annoying, but down right dangerous, it can interfere with the natural cycles of wildlife
, and it has even been proven to be a cancer risk
.Starry Night Lights
provide a thoughtfully designed lighting range covering interior and exterior applications which aim to address these issues.
For example they have a range of street lighting that uses LPS (low pressure sodium) bulbs, which less electricity than the high pressure. Using less energy and efficient direction, means that far less electricity is consumed, cutting down the emissions from power stations which pollute the air we breath, as well as conserving our precious earthly resources. It doesn't end there though, the housing has been designed to only direct light where it is required, this stops glare, and eliminates light pollution.
From what I have seen, Starry Night Lights
have a product range that can fulfill practically all requirements, from domestic to commercial, inside and out, as well as things like low energy bulbs, and motion detectors - that will only turn lights on only when needed.
So for anyone with an interest in the environment (which should be all of us), and green building techniques, should also become aware of the benefit we can have on our surroundings by just selecting the right type of light fitting for the right application, and to use only what is necessary to accomplish what's needed.
This was a sponsored review, but if you (like I myself have) learned anything from this article, and actually apply it to your next lighting project, then for everyones sake, it was truly worth it! Read