Dark Sky Compliant Lighting
Last summer the Friends of Oliphant enquired of the TBSP’s Public Works Manager about the possibility of retro-fitting our street lighting in Oliphant to the more environmentally friendly and energy cost saving dark sky compliant LED lighting. As you know, LED lighting represents a significant reduction in hydro usage and thus will have a welcome cost saving to our municipality. This is a win-win situation for all concerned. The Town was already installing this lighting in new installations, but we were timely in asking if Oliphant could be considered for the list of retro-fitted installation sites. Happily, the Town approved this initiative and over the winter, 40 new Dark Sky compliant streetlights were installed in Wiarton and also stretching from Sauble to the north end of Oliphant. These new fixtures are quite subtle, but cast more light downwards and less ambient light spills out to where it is not needed. So far the Town has converted most of Oliphant’s shoreline streetlights and according to Town sources, there is a commitment in the years to come to expand this initiative until all the Municipality’s street lighting is converted. As budget allows coupled with Council’s priorities, this program will carry forward. Kudos to the Town for undertaking this environmentally friendly, fiscally responsible, forward thinking project!
More to think about …
Whether or not you’ve considered the hazards of disproportionate outdoor lighting, your residence may be contributing to several growing light pollution problems. Too much light can actually decrease your home’s overall safety, spill light into your next-door neighbor’s property, and contribute to our society’s diminishing ability to see the stars. It’ll also add to your electricity bill by using more energy than required. And then there’s the issues faced by non-human creatures: artificial lighting can send birds off their flight paths, prevent turtles from laying their eggs, and expose wildlife to unnecessary predatory risks.
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Also Click here to watch a video, featuring local astronomer, Doug Cunningham, answering: What can residents do to promote dark skies?