Outdoor Lighting

What is outdoor lighting?

The purpose of outdoor lighting is to:

  • Provide a safe and secure environment at night.
  • Extend the use of parks and walkways into the night.
  • Enhance historic/notable features.
  • Enhance travel on the roads and at intersections.

Examples of outdoor lighting include: 

Photo Credit: International Dark-Sky Association (IDA)
  • Street lighting
  • Roadway lighting
  • Parks
  • Stadiums
  • Parking lots
  • Landscaping
  • Residential
  • Buildings
  • Pedestrian and Bicycling Pathways

What should outdoor lighting do?

  • Enhance visibility, not impede it.
  • Not produce glare.
  • Be a part of the total nightscape, not all of it.
  • Not allow light trespass on other’s property.
  • Have a well designed plan to maximize efficiency.
  • Provide a safe and secure environment.
  • Create safe routes for traffic, cyclists and pedestrians.
  • Facilitate the extended use of outdoor spaces.

How can we accomplish this?

Shield lighting: Shield lighting does not produce glare or sky glow and efficiently lights areas by directing light at the ground. Shield lighting creates a safer and more energy efficient outdoor environment.

Dark Sky Friendly Lighting: Lighting that minimizes glare, while reducing trespass and skyglow is considered “Dark Sky Friendly.” These lights are required to be fully shielded and minimize the amount of blue light they emit into the environment. Click here to find Dark Sky Friendly Lighting.

Click here to read the 6 principles of outdoor lighting

Without shield lighting. Photo Credit: IDA
Shield Lighting. Photo Credit: IDA