Light pollution

Starry sky

Help put the stars back in the sky……

Light pollution is diminishing our view of the stars, and many children are growing up without ever seeing the awesome beauty of the night skies.

The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) and the British Astronomical Association have been campaigning to reduce light pollution of the skies at night. You could help them ‘put the stars back into the sky’ and reduce your electricity bill at the same time.

Star gazingOn average about 18% of your electricity bill is for lighting, so leaving lights on unnecessarily can be a real waste of money and energy.

Outdoor halogen security lights are usually fitted with at least a 150-watt bulb, and sometimes as high as 500-watts.  They also tend to light up too easily and stay on for too long, making them both expensive to run, annoying for neighbours and disruptive to wildlife.

Try replacing the bulb with a dimmer one, or buy low energy LED security lights, see Energy Saving Security Flood Light or solar powered LED lights 54 LED Security Garden Solar light or the PowerBee Twin Head Solar Security Light.

Angling the light downwards to illuminate the immediate area better makes more efficient use of the unit and causes less light pollution.

Find our more at The Commission for Dark Skies and at the CPRE Light Pollution Campaign .

To protect England’s dark skies many National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty are working towards official Dark Sky status. Exmoor National Park became Europe’s first Dark Sky Reserve in 2011, followed by the Northumberland National Park in 2013. Visit Dark Sky Discovery Sites to find the best places to see the stars near where you live – the UK now has more than 150 sites which have been nominated by local groups as their best stargazing places.

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