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Redirecting Light: A New Mexico Model April 8, 2009

Posted by linta in solutions.
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Shielded versus unshielded light

Shielded versus unshielded light

Do you have an unshielded light in your home or shop? If yes, be careful, you will be charged $25! don’t be afraid, at least for now this is applicable only for New Mexicans. New Mexico has had a Night Sky Protection Act for almost a decade. Now this act has been modified by stating that people who violate the law will be charged $25. It is required by law that outdoor lighting should be aimed downwards and light sources should be shielded. Laurel Ladwig of the Museum of Natural History says: ” … we are moving towards that goal where we can really take down a lot of that light pollution and see a lot more of the night sky.”

Laws like this that require people’s cooperation in controlling light pollution is very much needed though we can’t be sure that they will be 100% efficiently carried out. Something is always better than nothing.

source: http://blog.cleveland.com/nationworld_impact/

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