You can stop LED streetlights, too!
How can I help?
It all depends on who you are. Let's take a look at some of the possible cases and go from there:
If you're an average Joe:
Start by getting a non-LED yard light, or at least look for an LED one that is high quality. Also, tell other people about this website, as this is an effective way to spread the word.
If you're looking for brochures to hand out:
Here are some ready-made PDFs for you to use:
If you're a commercial user of outdoor lighting, or are designing a new installation:
Ask yourself these 3 questions before installing or specifying LED.
1. Are these fixtures near a residential area?
2. Are the old fixtures being replaced because they're unmaintained?
3. Is the area near a lot of wildlife?
If you answered yes to any of those questions, then you probably shouldn't use LED.
If you're the streetlight person at a utility company:
Offer a selection of non-LED fixtures, and think twice before going full steam on the LED conversions. Also, if surplus streetlights are available, email me because I might be interested in them.
If you're involved in "dark sky" work:
Contact me if you want to do more work regarding this website and your dark-sky efforts.
If you're managing lighting on Florida or Georgia coasts:
Try to promote use of HPS or amber LED fixtures. Actually, amber LED may be a bad choice:
Compared to the standard white color, amber is more inefficient, negating the energy saving.
Furthermore, the risk of corrosion is increased because of the proximity to the ocean, which isn't very good for the their driver's electronics.
If you've read through all of this,
then congratulations! Now you know how to help.
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