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  • Title: Dark Sky Society - Home
    Descriptive info: .. Welcome.. News.. Resources.. Lighting Codes.. Links.. Contact.. The Dark Sky Society welcomes you.. Our members support educational and legislative efforts to eliminate.. light pollution.. Light pollution is defined as: Glare, light trespass, and light which is reflected into the night sky, contributing to sky glow, through the use of unshielded, misplaced, excessive, or unnecessary outdoor night lighting.. By eliminating light pollution, we can conserve energy, reduce glare and light trespass while maintaining our desirable community character, safeguarding our wildlife in their natural environment, and restoring our view of the starry night sky.. There are no dues to join or fees for membership.. Click.. here.. to become a member.. Contact us at:.. Darksky.. society.. gmail.. com.. This site is sponsored by Dark Sky Advocate, Susan Harder, NY; and maintained by.. Skypanther Studios.. Educational Resources from the Dark Sky Society.. Good Lights for Good Nights.. One-page sheet of line drawings showing good and bad lighting fixtures.. Compliments of Bob Crelin.. Guidelines for Good Exterior Lighting Plans.. Developed in consultation with lighting professionals, these guidelines will help you prepare exterior lighting plans that are sensitive to light pollution abatement and the preservation of  ...   Susan Harder and Tom Horn (Resource Conservation Manager) for East Hampton, NY in consultation with Leo Smith, Member, IESNA Roadway Lighting Committee.. IDA Lighting Code Handbook.. A PDF version of the IDA's lighting code handbook, an excellent guide to municipal and commercial lighting issues as well as the means to regulate the use of such lighting.. Bird-safe Building Guidelines.. New York City Audubon has just published Bird-Safe Building Guidelines, a 55-page manual for architects, landscape designers, engineers, glass technicians, developers, building managers, city, state, and federal officials, and the general public.. Show more.. The Dark Sky Society is a separate organization from the International Dark Sky Association (.. www.. darksky.. org.. ), which has over 10,000 dues paying members.. They work to "preserve and protect the nighttime environment and our heritage of the dark skies through quality outdoor lighting.. ".. See also the New York State Affiliate of the IDA,.. selene-ny.. The Dark Sky Society (DSS) is based on Long Island, NY.. Membership is free and open to anyone interested in preserving the natural star-filled night sky and fighting the intrusion of light pollution.. site design and hosting by.. skypanther studios..

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  • Title: DSS: News
    Descriptive info: In the News.. = link to other site.. = link within this site.. National Geographic Magazine: The End of Night.. Cover story of the November 2008 issue, this is a general interest level, background piece on light pollution.. Wall Street Journal: It''s All About the Lighting.. Around the world, the night sky is vanishing in a fog of artificial light, which a coalition of naturalists, astronomers and medical researchers consider one of the fastest growing forms of pollution, with consequences for wildlife, people''s health -- and the human spirit.. (The video that originally accompanied this article has apparently been removed.. ).. Washington Post: Lighting Linked to Breast Cancer.. Women who live in neighborhoods with large amounts of nighttime illumination are more likely to get breast cancer than those who live in areas where nocturnal darkness prevails, according to an unusual study that overlaid satellite images of Earth onto cancer registries.. (Published Feb.. 2008).. BBC Radio show.. MP3 of a BBC radio show about light pollution.. Susan Harder, guest on WBAI "Create Your Healthy Home" radio show.. January 2, 2007.. The guest was Susan Harder of the DarkSky organization.. The topic was light pollution.. She was featured in an article in  ...   Let There Be Light -- Bring Back the Stars.. An article from The Hamptons View by Nancy Hyden Woodward about dark skies and what is being done in eastern Long Island to protect dark skies.. (Originally at www.. hamptonsview.. com/detail.. ihtml?id=212&apid=317&sid=1 which is now defunct.. Preservation Magazine - Beyond the Glare and the Blare.. "Once, people could bathe in starlight and listen to snow fall.. Now the quest to renew darkness and silence is growing.. " Cover story of Preservation Magazine, by Anne Matthews.. Light Pollution Taking Toll on Wildlife.. An article from National Geographic about the effects of light pollution on wildlife.. LIPA to install full cutoff lights rather than floodlights.. A change in the LIPA tariff will eliminate Floodlighting on Long Island under LIPA's NightLight program.. Giving Back The Night.. As of Aug.. 21, 2003, all outdoor lighting must conform to Hailey, Idaho's new outdoor lighting ordinance.. It's one of the best small town ordinances in the country.. Story from the Idaho Mountain Express.. Dr.. Pauley pre-releases light pollution paper.. Pauley has been kind enough to share a pre-publication version of his paper Lighting for the Human Circadian Clock: Recent Indications that Lighting Has Become a Public Health Issue..

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  • Title: DSS: Resources
    Descriptive info: Accabonac Dark Skies.. Short web video on Dark Skies, produced by an East Hampton, NY environmental group, showing a retrofit of a local school and the impacts of light pollution on the environment, including the night sky.. (Click the four-headed arrows to switch to full-screen playback.. Handouts from the Dark Sky Society.. Our educational resources.. are PDF and Word documents that you can freely print and distribute.. Lighting Ordinances.. Links to.. codes, ordinances, and guides.. Image  ...   nighttime lighting.. Good fixtures.. Our list of manufacturers and distributors of.. good lights.. Other Resources.. Use our.. lighting cost calculator.. to see how much you could save by switching to efficient, dark sky friendly lighting.. SELENE's Resources Page.. The IDA's.. Information and Resource Library.. Bob Crelin's book.. "There Once Was a Sky Full of Stars".. (available from.. Sky Publishing.. ) is a great way to introduce light pollution and its impacts to children and adults alike..

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  • Title: DSS: Links
    Descriptive info: Lighting codes enacted in NYS:.. Lloyd Harbor, NY.. - PDF file (87 KB).. Additional codes and resources.. SELENE's list of NYS ordinances.. IDA's Lighting Code Handbook.. The IDA''s lighting code handbook explains light pollution, its causes, and common sense solutions that communities can implement.. It includes a workable model code that  ...   version of the IDA''s lighting code handbook, an excellent guide to municipal and commercial lighting issues as well as the means to regulate the use of such lighting.. Better Lights for Better Nights.. More and more local codes includes sheets such as this one to guide the selection of appropriate lights..

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  • Title: DSS: Links
    Descriptive info: Visit these sites to learn more about light pollution, the problems it causes, and solutions to this unwanted byproduct of our modern 24-by-7 lifestyle.. International Dark-Sky Association.. Worldwide group of lighting reform advocates.. SELENE.. NYS-based group and IDA affiliate.. NYC Audubon Bird-Safe Building Guidelines.. Bird-safe building guidelines from the NY City Audubon Society include exterior lighting recommendations starting on page 41.. Notice: This is a 38 MB PDF file.. Sierra Club: Long Island Group defines light pollution.. Using pictures and text, the Long Island chapter of the Sierra Club tells the light pollution story: what it is and how you can help eliminate it.. What are Natural Lightscapes?.. From the National Park Service: What are Natural Lightscapes? A "Natural Lightscape" is a place or environment characterized by the natural rhythm of the sun and moon cycles, clean air, and of dark nights unperturbed by artificial light.. Natural lightscapes, including dark night skies, are  ...   A well-written guide to good lighting from the folks at the New Mexico Heritage Preservation Alliance.. (PDF file).. Does Lighting Harm Trees?.. A guide from Purdue University to the effects of artificial nighttime lighting on trees of various species.. Ecology of the Night Symposium Information.. The Muskoka Heritage Foundation''s Ecology of the Night Symposium, which brought together volunteers and professionals to examine the value of the night.. Lighting And Crime: Little or No Benefit.. Information from Dr.. Barry Clark about the links (or lack thereof) between lighting and crime.. Prevention is the Cure - Toxic Trigger 20.. Prevention is the Cure lists restricting exposure to light at night as a way to avoid cancer and other illnesses.. Constellation information.. Constellation information, star maps, and more from the University of Wisconsin.. Amagansett Dark Sky Clock.. See whether tonight will be cloud free and right for astronomical observing at the Amagansett observing location on Long Island..

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  • Title: DSS: Contact Us
    Descriptive info: The.. Dark Sky Society.. supports educational and legislative efforts to eliminate light pollution--glare, trespass, and up-lighting by unshielded, misplaced, excessive, or unnecessary outdoor night lighting--in order to conserve energy, maintain our desirable community character, safeguard our wildlife, and restore our view of the starry night sky.. Use this form to contact the Dark Sky Society or to.. join.. !.. Your Name:.. City:.. State:.. Your Email Address:.. Country:.. United States.. United Kingdom.. Afghanistan.. Albania.. Algeria.. American Samoa.. Andorra.. Angola.. Anguilla.. Antarctica.. Antigua and Barbuda.. Argentina.. Armenia.. Aruba.. Australia.. Austria.. Azerbaijan.. Bahamas.. Bahrain.. Bangladesh.. Barbados.. Belarus.. Belgium.. Belize.. Benin.. Bermuda.. Bhutan.. Bolivia.. Bosnia and Herzegovina.. Botswana.. Bouvet Island.. Brazil.. British Indian Ocean Territory.. Brunei Darussalam.. Bulgaria.. Burkina Faso.. Burundi.. Cambodia.. Cameroon.. Canada.. Cape Verde.. Cayman Islands.. Central African Republic.. Chad.. Chile.. China.. Christmas Island.. Cocos (Keeling) Islands.. Colombia.. Comoros.. Congo.. Congo, The Democratic Republic of The.. Cook Islands.. Costa Rica.. Cote D'ivoire.. Croatia.. Cuba.. Cyprus.. Czech Republic.. Denmark.. Djibouti.. Dominica.. Dominican Republic.. Ecuador.. Egypt.. El Salvador.. Equatorial Guinea.. Eritrea.. Estonia.. Ethiopia.. Falkland Islands (Malvinas).. Faroe Islands.. Fiji.. Finland.. France.. French Guiana.. French Polynesia.. French Southern Territories.. Gabon.. Gambia.. Georgia.. Germany.. Ghana.. Gibraltar.. Greece.. Greenland.. Grenada.. Guadeloupe.. Guam.. Guatemala.. Guinea.. Guinea-bissau.. Guyana.. Haiti.. Heard Island and Mcdonald Islands.. Holy See (Vatican City  ...   of.. Monaco.. Mongolia.. Montserrat.. Morocco.. Mozambique.. Myanmar.. Namibia.. Nauru.. Nepal.. Netherlands.. Netherlands Antilles.. New Caledonia.. New Zealand.. Nicaragua.. Niger.. Nigeria.. Niue.. Norfolk Island.. Northern Mariana Islands.. Norway.. Oman.. Pakistan.. Palau.. Palestinian Territory, Occupied.. Panama.. Papua New Guinea.. Paraguay.. Peru.. Philippines.. Pitcairn.. Poland.. Portugal.. Puerto Rico.. Qatar.. Reunion.. Romania.. Russian Federation.. Rwanda.. Saint Helena.. Saint Kitts and Nevis.. Saint Lucia.. Saint Pierre and Miquelon.. Saint Vincent and The Grenadines.. Samoa.. San Marino.. Sao Tome and Principe.. Saudi Arabia.. Senegal.. Serbia and Montenegro.. Seychelles.. Sierra Leone.. Singapore.. Slovakia.. Slovenia.. Solomon Islands.. Somalia.. South Africa.. South Georgia and The South Sandwich Islands.. Spain.. Sri Lanka.. Sudan.. Suriname.. Svalbard and Jan Mayen.. Swaziland.. Sweden.. Switzerland.. Syrian Arab Republic.. Taiwan, Province of China.. Tajikistan.. Tanzania, United Republic of.. Thailand.. Timor-leste.. Togo.. Tokelau.. Tonga.. Trinidad and Tobago.. Tunisia.. Turkey.. Turkmenistan.. Turks and Caicos Islands.. Tuvalu.. Uganda.. Ukraine.. United Arab Emirates.. United States Minor Outlying Islands.. Uruguay.. Uzbekistan.. Vanuatu.. Venezuela.. Viet Nam.. Virgin Islands, British.. Virgin Islands, U.. S.. Wallis and Futuna.. Western Sahara.. Yemen.. Zambia.. Zimbabwe.. Message:.. I would like to join the Dark Sky Society.. Interested in joining? There are no membership dues or fees, just the desire to see our natural star-filled night sky, without the intrusion of unnecessary artificial light or light pollution..

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  • Title: DSS: Resources
    Descriptive info: Educational Resources.. Back to main Resources page.. Show remaining resources.. ::.. Show all resources..

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  • Title: Dark Sky Society - News
    Descriptive info: Back to the.. News listing.. This article archived from:.. P R E S S R E L E A S E.. D A R K S K Y S O C I E T Y.. September 25, 2003.. RE: LIPA tariff to eliminate Floodlighting on Long Island.. We are delighted with the news that: as of this date, LIPA will no longer provide unshielded GE Powerflood "Turnpike" floodlights to commercial, institutional, and municipal customers.. This particular fixture has contributed significantly to energy waste, sky glow, light trespass, and glare, because, among other problems, it is "unshielded".. There are over 16,000 of these on Long Island, and they are one of the major reasons that we experience the sickly orange urban "glow" which unnecessarily obliterates our view of the stars.. The new replacement fixture, the Holophane "Mongoose", is fully shielded and directs all its light onto the ground where it is useful, and less wattage is needed to light the area.. As this fixture is introduced: to new  ...   training to assure proper installation.. Many groups and many individuals, over many years, have approached LIPA to change this floodlighting program.. Development of a fully shielded fixture by a manufacturer was crucial.. As well as wide public support, the pending New York State Bills A6950/S3003, call for public entities to ONLY install fully shielded, High Intensity Discharge fixtures.. The Sustainable Energy Alliance, "Energy Plan for Long Island" calls for this change, and as well, numerous civic, church, and environmental groups, and the municipalities of East Hampton and Riverhead.. As we know, LIPA is a public utility, and is answerable to all the citizens of Long Island.. This fixture introduction will be widely appreciated, and will set an example to other utilities across the country with similar problems from their "dusk to dawn" commercial lighting programs LIPA is the first utility to institute this important innovative change.. We thank LIPA, as will generations to come, who want to see the ground and the stars better at night.. Susan Harder..

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  • Title: DSS: Resources
    Descriptive info: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Nighttime Lighting.. This house is clearly lit by the acorn streetlight out front.. As much light shines on the house (and in their windows) as does on the street.. Plus, the streetlight creates debilitating glare for drivers and pedestrians.. Intense glare from rooftop-mounted floodlights shines out from this lumberyard.. Can you read the sign?.. The old poletop streetlights in Montauk, NY.. These are now being replaced by the much better lights shown below.. These are the new streetlights of Montauk, NY.. Notice that the bulb is tucked up into the opaque cap.. This greatly reduces glare, light trespass, and upward waste of light.. The neighbors love these new lights!.. A comparison between  ...   tree nearest the light has retained its leaves while the other half is going into its natural fall dormancy.. Long term, artificial light can weaken a tree due to late entrance and early emergence from dormancy.. Light trespass is quite evident from this NY City (Tenth St) luminaire.. Rooms on the second floors are flooded with light from the streetlights.. As is also evident, these produce considerable glare to hinder motorists and pedestrians.. The US at night from space.. You can easily pick out most every major population center, trace long highway routes, and follow the coastline.. See the whole world at night,.. East Hampton Supervisor's office, well lit by a GlareBuster light.. This is an example of good lighting!..

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  • Title: DSS: Resources
    Descriptive info: Good lighting fixtures.. Starry Night Lights.. Night sky friendly outdoor lighting products by Products by www.. StarryNightLights.. GlareBuster.. Install the light pollution solution, the GlareBuster!.. IDA s Good Lighting Fixtures page.. Selection of good fixtures from the IDA.. Parshield Glare Visor.. The Parshield Glare Visor snaps onto the ubiquitous PAR floodlight bulb to instantly add light control and light pollution prevention..

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  • Title: Lighting Cost Calculator
    Descriptive info: What's that light cost you?.. Instructions.. Select your electric rate (or click.. to enter your own).. You can calculate results for up to four types of lights.. For each:.. Select the type of lamp (i.. Incandescant, Fluorescent, etc.. Select the lamp wattage (lamp lumens).. Enter the number of lights in use.. Select how long the lamps are in use (or click.. to enter your own; enter hours on.. per year.. ).. Finally, click Submit.. Rates.. Select an electric rate.. US National Average (Residential) - 10.. 05 /kwH..  ...   (Residential) - 19.. 69 /kwH.. Con-Edison (Residential) - 20.. 8 /kwH.. NYSEG (Residential) - 15.. 6 /kwH.. Central Hudson (Residential) - 12.. 5 /kwH.. National Grid (Residential) - 14.. 2 /kwH.. Orange and Rockland (Residential) - 14.. 4 /kwH.. Rochester Gas and Electric (Residential) - 14.. Fairport Electric (Residential) - 3.. Type.. Select a lamp type.. Incandescant.. Compact fluorescent (CFL).. PAR-38 Incandescent.. PAR-38 CFL.. Fluorescent (tube).. Quartz Halogen.. Mercury Vapor.. High Pressure Sodium.. Metal Halide.. Pulse-start Metal Halide.. Lamps.. (select wattage).. Number.. Usage.. Dusk-Dawn.. Dusk-Midnight.. Motion sensor.. 24/7..

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