Friday, January 29, 2010

The Stars at Night

This month's meeting of the Environment Partnership was held in the Planetarium at Wynyard Woodland Park. It's the first time I've been into the building and I found it fascinating. But even more interesting was the presentation and discussion on the problem of light pollution. It led seamlessly into a debate on ways of saving energy in street lighting and domestic security lighting and thus saving both money and carbon emissions. There were some amazing lighting examples on display. A full scale street lamp which uses 18 watts but is brighter than some of the currently used lamps was just one example. Like all new technology these things need thorough testing before being banked on to provide any answers and I hope that the tests do show that these low energy lights are the way forward.

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