Commercial and Roadway Lighting Tips
Amber lighting is preferred for most commercial and roadway applications. The principal purpose for most outdoor lighting is general illumination for way finding and safety – such as in parking areas, roadways, walkways, and even at home. Such lighting (called “Class 2” lighting in some lighting codes) should utilize exclusively Lamp Spectrum and page.) The lowest-impact source is ; the second-lowest are high-pressure sodium and . Even the lowest- white – often suggested as dark-sky friendly by others – have significantly greater impacts than good (~2.5x greater), and dramatically greater than (over 4x greater).fixtures to limit and off-site spread of the light, and amber sources to minimize , ecological impact, and potential human health impacts. (The impacts of spectrum are discussed on our
There are appropriate uses for white lighting. Where more accurate color perception is needed or desired – such as in outdoor eating or product sales areas, sports facilities, or areas used for significant social activity after dark, white lighting may be appropriate. But the benefits of white lighting, and the need for its use, are often significantly overstated.
Even in uses that use low-impact amber sources, in most circumstances such applications also receive illumination from other lighting, such as automobile headlights or spill from signage, entryway and interior storefront lighting, which can provide adequate color perception. The decision to use white sources should always give a fair and balanced evaluation of the plusses and minuses.
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