Welcome to LEDs Magazine’s Lighting for Health & Wellbeing newsletter for Oct. 24, 2022. We are inching closer to the end of daylight savings time here in the U.S., although if the proposed Sunshine Protection Act ever makes it through the House, we may see the twice-yearly time change for the very last time in 2022.
Whether you are for or against the practice of shifting daylight schedules, it seemed like a good time to focus on both the human and environmental effects of electric outdoor lighting as the daylight hours shorten. Having said that, the DesignLights Consortium is one of many organizations that prescribes a proactive approach to address the ecosystem impacts of improperly implemented outdoor lighting, by performing due diligence and selecting outdoor lighting products that limit light trespass, reduce light pollution, and minimize the influence of artificial light on other organisms. Not only will these considerations help to preserve the night sky views and reduce negative impacts on the natural world, but they can also conserve energy when the right lighting and controls strategies reduce wasted light.
From energy code updates to smart schemes for outdoor lighting, the entire lighting manufacturing and design chain can achieve healthier end results while shoring up a strong bottom line.
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