LIGHT POLLUTION NEWS
Duluth, Minnesota is taking a proactive approach to reducing light pollution and making better choices in LED street lighting technology. This video should be required watching for city/town/village councils all over the world.
Most LED streetlights installed today are blindingly bright, intense and glary. While blue wavelengths of light readily scatter in the eyeball causing disability glare, the dazzling light emitted by LED technology is also the result of excess luminance, which can damage retinal tissue and harm eyesight. Lowering the correlated colour temperature (CCT) is not enough to solve the issue of glare and excess luminance. It must be addressed by the proper application of idesign, technology and optics.
ARTIFICIAL LIGHT AT NIGHT (ALAN) DATABASE
A collection of media and news articles about light pollution, research, dark sky designations, etc.
A series of insightful podcasts covering a wide range of important topics relating to light pollution, the lighting industry and profession, light justice, the importance of darkness, health and well-being, etc.
AMBER STREET LIGHTING
Nov 2023 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogxVo3DafjE
To order amber foil - https://www.design-light.cz/ochranne-folie/
Why Cities are Vying for Amber LED Street Light: The Future’s Orange - December 2020.
SCIENTISTS RECOMMEND AMBER 2200 K LED STREETLIGHTS - May 2019
CASE STUDY of Amber LED street lighting in Girona, Spain to protect the local environment.
PLACES THAT WANT AMBER LED STREET LIGHTING
November 2019 - Dunedin, NZ approves of PC amber 2200 K LED streetlights in certain areas of the city.
September 2019 - Dunedin, NZ. Responsible light advocate Kyra Xavia is thrilled the Dunedin City Council will be installing lower Kelvin lights in parts of the city tio protect wildlife.
March 2019 - Dunedin, NZ. The Dunedin City Council has again been urged to reconsider its plans for new LED street lights in the city, or risk being ''locked in'' to the wrong choice for years to come.https://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/dcc/call-alter-street-light-choice
April 2018 - Dunedin city councillors have been given a demonstration of the difference colour could have on LED lighting. Dunedin Dark Skies Group member Michael Broughton asked the councillors, during his submission on the council's 10-year plan yesterday, to consider delaying introduction of the planned LED street lighting programme in the city. He urged the councillors to investigate the use of amber instead of white, as it had a much lower effect on humans, wildlife and the night sky. To demonstrate his case, Mr Broughton brought a light box into the hearing and asked councillors to stare at the three different coloured LED lights positioned on the box. He then asked councillors which colour they preferred. Almost all of them said they preferred the amber light. odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/seeing-dunedin-new-light
Independent Record - July 2019. Numerous cities, including Seattle, Phoenix, and Davis, California, have made the costly mistake of installing ugly, cold-white LED streetlights and later had to replace them due to public outcry. Helena can avoid such a debacle by installing warm spectrum LEDs at the outset. http://bit.ly/2YyqzCK
WHITE LED STREETLIGHTS RISKS & HARM
www.lightpollution.eu FEB 2019
WXYZ - MAY 2019. This new report comes from ANSES, the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety. They found new scientific evidence confirming the "phototoxic effects" of short-term exposures to high-intensity blue light. http://bit.ly/30A7ePH
NZ HERALD MAY 2019 - Experts warn LED blue-light could cause serious damage to your eyes.
MAISONS-ALFORT (FRANCE) (AFP) MAY 2019 - France's government-run health watchdog says, "the "blue light" in LED lighting can damage the eye's retina and disturb natural sleep rhythms.
NZ HERALD ARTICLE 2018 - EXPLORES HEALTH RISKS OF BLUE-RICH WHITE LED STREETLIGHTS
RADIONZ INTERVIEW WITH DR THERÉSA JONES SEPT 2018 - THE HARMFUL EFFECTS OF BLUE LIGHT ON WILDLIFE ARE FORCING A RETHINK OF THE WIDESPREAD USE OF LEDS FOR STREET LIGHTING IN CITIES.
UK DAILY MAIL ARTICLE 2014 - LED STREETLIGHTS THAT PREVENT SLEEP AND CAN MAKE YOU ILL
WBEZNEWS ARTICLE 2016 - HEALTH CONCERNS OVER NEW LED STREETLIGHTS IN CHICAGO
CBC NEWS ARTICLE 2017 - MONTREAL CHOOSES 3000 K LED STREETLIGHTS INSTEAD OF 4000 K AFTER PUSHBACK OVER HEALTH RISKS
AUSTRIAN NEWS NACHRICTAN ARTICLE 2016 - RESIDENTS WANT SOFTER, DIMMER, WARMER COLOURED LED STREETLIGHTING
WHITE LED STREETLIGHTS UNFIT FOR PURPOSE
CHICAGO SUN TIMES JUNE 2019. Complaints about new LED street lights not delivering enough light and compromising safety. http://bit.ly/2wOGjlt (The issues of highly directional light, non-uniform light distribution, and unwanted areas of darkness produced by LED lighting are explained here.
DETROIT NEWS MAY 2019 - The Public Lighting Authority's lawsuit against Leotek Electronics USA notes that upward of 20,000 LED lights are "prematurely dimming and burning out" and putting the city's revitalization progress "in jeopardy."
GERMANY COUPLE WINS LAWSUIT TO REJECT WHITE LED STREETLIGHTS NOVEMBER 2018
STUFF NZ NEWS ARTICLE 2017 - LEDS MAKE RESIDENTS FEEL LIKE THEY'RE IN A PRISON YARD
SCRUNTHORPE TELGRAPH ARTICLE 2017 - LED STREETLIGHTS TOO BRIGHT AND GHOULISH
CHESHIRE LIVE ARTICLE 2017 - NEW LEDS GENERATED MORE THAN 200 COMPLAINTS
LUX MAGAZINE INTERVIEW 2015 - SIMON NICHOLAS RESPONSIBLE LIGHTING CAMPAIGNER
WHITE LED STREETLIGHTS INCREASE CANCER RISK
UK TELEGRAPH ARTICLE 2018 - LED STREETLIGHTING DOUBLING THE RISK OF CANCER
WHITE LED STREET LIGHTS INCREASE LIGHT POLLUTION
EL PAIS SPAIN'S DAILY NEWSPAPER May 2019
HINDUSTANTIMES - MAY 2019 . The study warned that the change to LED technology could worsen the problem and increase light pollution to two or three times the current levels unless corrections are made.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ARTICLE 2019 - BUSTS MYTHS ABOUT LEDS
PHYS ORG ARTICLE 2018 - INCREASED LED LIGHTING IN SOUTH AMERICA THREATENS ASTRONOMICAL OBSERVATION AT PARANAL OBSERVATORY IN ATACAMA DESERT, CHILE
WHITE LEDS RUIN AMBIENCE
NEW YORK TIMES ARTICLE 2017 - LED STREETLIGHT FIGHT IN ROME
UK TELEGRAPH ARTICLE 2017 - UGLY LED STREETLIGHTS RUINING ROME'S ROMANCE
TIMES MALTA ARTICLE 2015 - LED STREETLIGHTS RUIN MALTA AND GOZO'S ATMOSPHERE
WHITE LED STREETLIGHT COURTCASES
DETROIT NEWS MAY 2019 - The authority behind the state-of-the-art overhaul of Detroit's streetlight system filed a federal lawsuit Monday against the manufacturer of nearly a third of the city's 65,000 streetlights, saying a fix is expected to cost millions.
GERMANY COUPLE WINS LAWSUIT TO REJECT WHITE LED STREETLIGHTS NOVEMBER 2018
RESIDENT JUDY SHORE ROSENTHAL OF GREAT NECK, US, CLAIMS LED STREETLIGHTS ARE MAKING HER SICK. ARTICLE INCLUDES A PODCAST INTERVIEW
GREAT NECK RESIDENT JUDITH YOUNG BLOOD - 2018 ARTICLE COURTCASE IN THE NASSAU SUPREME COURT
RESIDENT SEEKS COMPENSATORY DAMAGES - 2018 ARTICLE OVER BRIGHT LED STREETLIGHTS
WHITE LIGHT FROM LEDS CAUSE HARM
SYDNEY MORNING HERALD AUGUST 2018 - Scientists say they have found how blue light from smartphones, laptops and other digital devices damages vision and can speed up blindness.
LED STREETLIGHTS & 5 G TECHNOLOGY
UK DAILY MAIL ARTICLE 2018 - EXPLORES CONCERNS WITH LED STREETLIGHTS
BLINDING LED HEADLIGHTS ON VEHICLES
AUSTRALASIAN SCIENCE Studies are finding several health consequences from LED light exposure. With their installation continuing apace in homes and cityscapes, critics are calling for clinical trials along with greater diligence from the lighting industry. MAY/JUNE 2019 http://bit.ly/2HIRFN6
Kaikoura's dark skies news. April 2022 - https://bit.ly/3LVUv3m
Oxford Observatory's plans get front page on the Canterbury News. June 2019 - http://bit.ly/2Icb0Yg
Oxford Observatory in North Canterbury aims for astro tourism June 2019 - http://bit.ly/2I8bgrn
Stellar tourism opportunity seen for Oamaru. June 2018 - http://bit.ly/2JxpiVr
An insightful clip that explores the health risks of 5G technology which will be piggybacked with LED lighting technology. The International Association of Firefighters began opposing cell towers on fire stations, after firefighters complained of health problems. This is the first piece of legislation to prevent 5G installation.
A lecture by Dr. Devra Davis, who provides important insights about the problems of 5G technology in a lecture at Melbourne University.