Friday, April 16, 2021        

Town of Smithfield – Understanding Impacts of Lighting

Recognizing that lighting is an important, yet essential part of everyday life, Smithfield is making movements to become more efficient with regards to our local lighting needs across the Town. Making conscious decisions to turn the lights off when not in use, or modify use of lights which are not needed, are great starts. It’s simple, just a conscious decision to be efficient. If you do not need them on, simply turn them off = efficiency.

Lighting affects every aspect of our night life. We use them for security, we use them for guidance and we use them to make unlit areas usable during the night time. Understanding the impacts of our lighting decisions is an important consideration in any development, redevelopment, residential or project that occurs in our community. Our decisions to illuminate our areas during the night can have both positive and negative impacts on our surroundings. Careful consideration needs to be given to not over-light areas with too much light or too bright of a lighting selection. Pointing the glare of the light source directly out to a street, an abutting property or towards freshwater wetlands can almost always be avoided with careful placement and design consideration of the lights being used at their time of placement.

Below are some useful links to help our Smithfield residents and businesses better understand the impacts their choices may have when they decide to use lights at night time.

International Dark Sky Association

Light Pollution Maps

National Geographic Lighting Impacts

Del Mar Light Planning

Other useful links and resources for public education: US Dept of Energy – American Medical Association – LED Conversion Innsbruck, Tyrol, Austria