Thursday, August 2nd, 2012
by Benson Littman
Dark Sky regulated fixtures are essentially alternatives to the standard lighting systems in order to preserve the night sky; numerous parts of the country have created a legislation to put a stop to light pollution. The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) was created about 20 years ago as a nonprofit organization devoted to preserve the night.
According to darksky.org, this association’s mission “is to preserve and protect the nighttime environment and our heritage of dark skies through environmentally responsible outdoor lighting.”
Among all of IDAs accomplishments, it is the Fixture Seal of Approval program (FSA) that began examining the various solutions to making outdoor lighting more friendly for the night sky. The Dark Sky regulated fixtures reduces glare and light interference as well as reduces sky glow in order to further prevent light pollution.
These reductions are thanks to communities using less outdoor lighting, aiming lights downward, accurately hanging outdoor fixtures and using IDA-Approved products; according to darksky.org, hundreds of products and dozens of manufacturers have been approved under the FSA program.
Properly installed outdoor lighting can also save money, energy as well as benefit the environment.