Saturday Afternoon: “Dark-Sky Friendly Lighting”

/Saturday Afternoon: “Dark-Sky Friendly Lighting”

Saturday Afternoon: “Dark-Sky Friendly Lighting”

July 22, 2017 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Bob Parks, NOVAC and VOLT

Saturday, July 22 , 2017, 3:00 pm in the Tent

[Dark-Sky Friendly Lighting]


Dark sky friendly lighting has been promoted for almost 25 years and today over half of public lighting fixtures being sold are fully shielded.

With the introduction of LED lighting we now have the opportunity to completely rethink how we do outdoor lighting. The future of dark sky lighting has to be community friendly too. We will continue to promote fully shielded fixtures, but they also need to be low glare to increase visual comfort and minimize light trespass, use warm color temperature to reduce circadian disruption, and use adaptive controls to reduce the total quantity of lumens. Sky glow over cities won’t recede until we do.

This session will explore the essential elements of quality outdoor lighting design, demonstrate LED lamps and fixtures and discuss real world examples of how cities are improving public lighting.


Bob Parks is a long-time NOVAC member, an Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) member, Lighting Certified, and an ecological lighting designer/consultant. He currently serves as chair of the of the IES outdoor environmental lighting committee, and is a former member of the IDA/IES Model Lighting Ordinance committee.

Bob is the founder of the Virginia Outdoor Lighting Taskforce (VOLT), an all-volunteer, non-profit, grassroots advocacy group working for safe and efficient outdoor lighting since 2000.

In 2014, Bob formed the non-profit Smart Outdoor Lighting Alliance to promote smart urban lighting and ecologically responsible lighting design. SOLA works with cities to encourage the use of adaptive controls that maximize energy reduction while saving money, reducing CO2, and improving visibility.

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