One of the first things you can do to reduce light pollution and light intrusion is to check the exterior lighting in your home or business to make sure it`s being used responsibly. In other cities like Los Angeles, it`s not illegal to drive with indoor lights on, but if you use them to put on makeup or look at something in your hands, for example, you can be cited for the so-called “dangerous speed for conditions.” This is another form of distracted driving: it postulates that because you engage in an activity that distracts you from the road, you are driving at dangerous speeds. If an agent sees your car passing by and notices that your dome light is on, they may lure you under the pretext that you used the interior lights for something distracting, citing you for dangerous speed in these conditions. At least 19 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico have laws to reduce light pollution. The majority of states that have enacted so-called “dark sky” laws have done so to promote energy conservation, public safety, aesthetic interests, or astronomical research capabilities. In 2021, 17 states considered 40 bills related to light pollution or dark skies. Municipalities in a number of states have also been active in this area, adopting light pollution regulations as part of their zoning codes. Collectively known as “light pollution,” there are three main components: sky glow, light intrusion, and glare. State authorities only need to procure armored outdoor lights. Provides exceptions to this requirement for operational, safety or cost reasons, as well as specific aesthetic requirements. Billions of dollars are spent each year in the United States to light up our streets, shopping districts, office complexes and energy development sites. Unfortunately, because many fixtures are poorly designed or emit light in the wrong direction, much of what we spend on outdoor lighting is wasted. At the request of a military installation, base, or camp commander, a county may issue ordinances regulating the installation and use of outdoor lighting within five miles of the military installation in an unincorporated area of the county.
The arrangement must be designed to protect against the use of outdoor lighting that interferes with military training activities. The ordinance may require that prior to the installation of certain types of outdoor lighting, obtain permission from the county, prohibit certain types of outdoor lighting that are incompatible with military activities, set fees to cover the costs of administering the order, establish requirements to protect outdoor lighting, and regulate the periods during which certain types of outdoor lighting may be used. Counties subject to the law are those with a population of more than one million with at least five military bases and any county adjacent to that county that is within five miles of an establishment, base, or warehouse. The law also applies to certain astronomical observatories. Yes, believe it or not, driving with the headlights on is actually legal in most states. And while that`s technically good news, it`s certainly not the safest. For outdoor emission sources located on private property: (1) coloured lights, lights used on signs, and lights used for decorative purposes must be equipped with automatic blinds and on-off switches; and (2) lighting systems that provide safety or illuminate sidewalks, parking lots, etc. use only low-pressure sodium emission sources.
Requires some lighting systems to be turned off between 11pm and sunrise the next day. Prohibits certain types of outdoor luminaires unless approved by the competent body. Defines classes for outdoor spaces based on their ambient lighting characteristics. Most state laws are limited to outdoor lights installed on the site of a state building or facility, or on a public road. The most common legislation on the dark sky requires the installation of armored lights that emit light only downwards. Replacing unshielded lighting units with fully shielded lighting units often allows for the use of a low-wattage bulb, resulting in energy savings. Other laws require the use of low-glare or low-watt lighting, regulate the time certain lights can be used, and include Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) guidelines in state regulations. Includes a model lighting ordinance that helps local governments develop policies that protect brooding sea turtles from the harmful effects of artificial lighting, improve overall nesting habitat damaged by light pollution, and increase successful nesting activities and juvenile production. FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — An ABC30 viewer wanted to know: Is it illegal to turn on my indoor lights while driving at night? If this happens while a police officer is stationed somewhere, they can stop you, but not because it`s illegal to drive with the interior lights on. On the contrary, using light to find something in your car can be considered a form of distracted driving. Light pollution can also limit the military`s ability to conduct nighttime exercises at bases across the country.
In fact, with the use of night vision goggles, a significant portion of military training is now done at night. These exercises simulate combat situations and help troops develop situational awareness and ultimately minimize casualties. The impact of light pollution on military training will undoubtedly increase as residential and commercial development continues to increase in surrounding communities. But why? Did our parents ever really give us a foolproof reason? Some claimed that this caused a restricted view of the road; Others claimed it was outright illegal. The first is actually true; The latter usually doesn`t (although there are regulations that depend on the state you`re driving in). Requires all exterior luminaires to be fully or partially shielded, with the exception of filament lamps of 150 watts or less and other sources of 70 watts or less. Emergency and construction lighting is excluded. Non-compliant devices are allowed as long as they are erased by automatic devices between midnight and sunrise.
Wildlife is also damaged by light pollution. The decline of lightning bugs (or fireflies), the death of birds during migration, and the deadly disorientation of newly hatched sea turtles are just a few examples. Prohibits the use of public funds for the installation of new permanent outdoor lighting fixtures or for the cost of operating these luminaires if certain requirements are not met. In many cases, this includes the use of fully shielded luminaires and low-wattage luminaires for decorative street lighting. The provisions of the Act on the Equipment of Lifeguard Personnel, Lighting Systems for Aviation and Boating Safety, Lighting of Sports Grounds and Lighting of Tunnels and Underpasses are not complied with. Requires the use of shielded exterior lighting when installing or replacing a luminaire in a public building. Allows a municipality to waive the above requirement if it determines that the use of shielded fixtures is impractical due to the historic nature of the building or for other reasons. While most U.S. states don`t have laws prohibiting drivers from using their interior lights when traveling, it`s obvious that there are consequences.
If you plan to use your ceiling lights, stop first. Or if your passenger insists on turning on the interior lights for the last brood of the bag, tell them to dig into the dark. You have more important things to take care of. For much of Earth`s history, our remarkable universe of stars was visible in the darkness of the night sky. But increasing urbanization, combined with the excessive and inefficient use of light, has created a type of pollution that obscures the stars from view and leads to many other disturbances. “The answer to your question is no, it`s not illegal to drive with headlights on,” said California Highway Patrol Sgt. Brian Pennings. Establishes detailed standards for outdoor lighting, including the requirement that all new outdoor lighting that emits a certain amount of lumens must be fully shielded. If fully shielded lighting is not required, luminaires must meet certain criteria. Texas is the only state with a law specifically aimed at reducing light pollution around military installations. In 2007, the Texas legislature amended an existing outdoor lighting regulation law to allow state counties, at the request of the military, to adopt measures to use outdoor lighting within five miles of a military installation (Tex. Local Government Code Ann.
§ 240.032). The provision applies only to counties with at least five military bases and a population of more than 1,000,000, or adjacent counties within five miles of a base.