light pollution joplin missouriI am a huge fan of the night sky. I absolutely love it. So light pollution is something that has bugged me for a long time, even though a lot of people don’t even know exactly what it is or care. According to the international dark-sky association, light pollution is “Any adverse effect of artificial light including sky glow, glare, light trespass, light clutter, decreased visibility at night, and energy waste.”

Where I live, if I look straight up or to the north, I have an incredible view of the night sky. It is gorgeous. If I look to the east, west, or south it’s a different story. The sky glows and the ground is filled with light. My neighbors seem to love those high wattage ‘security lights’ that cast light for a half-mile in every direction including sideways and up. Many of them have 2 or 3 in their yard as if they are afraid for even one square inch of their property to ever be in darkness. My personal opinion is that in most cases these fixtures are totally unnecessary, or at best, excessive, given the application. Ironically, the junkier the property, the more security lights they usually have.

It is staggering to think about how much energy could be saved if we weren’t so afraid of the dark. When I bought my house there was one of those hideous security lights in the back yard, which I immediately had disconnected. Partly because it was excessively bright and partly because I didn’t want to pay the $12 surcharge on my electric bill every month. I have been enjoying the stars ever since and loving it…