Residential Lighting Tips

Lighting Tips For Your Home

Making your exterior home lighting Dark Sky and Neighbor Friendly isn’t rocket science, but it takes a little thought. Click on the links below for simple one-page guides that make it easy! Also scroll down to find where to purchase Dark Sky Friendly lighting options.

Floodlights — Aim them downward as much as possible. Motion sensors should only “see” areas near your house and not turn on for branches blowing or pedestrians walking by in the street.

Walkway Lights — Replace fixtures with fully shielded styles… Since there is less glare you will be able to see much better even with less light!

Porch / Garage Lights — What’s that glaring “carriage” light doing on your house? Are you planning to drive it down the street?

Bulb Types — Choose from 8 Incandescent (including Halogen) and 4 Compact Fluorescent (CFL) lamp types.

And remember – for all lights, consider yellow sources (“bug” lights or similar) to minimize glare, trespass, sky glow, ecological disturbance and human circadian disruption.

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On the left: Unshielded porch lights shine in your eyes and reduce visibility. On the right: Shielded fixtures reduce glare and make it easier to see.

Finding fully shielded outdoor house lighting fixtures is simple.

The Lite Company in Flagstaff offers several Dark Sky Friendly fully shielded outdoor lighting fixtures in their store and online. lite company 1

Howie Hearn Light ShieldLocal Flagstaff artisan Howie Hearn makes custom order shields for existing outdoor house lights, like the common, yet glarey, jelly jar fixture.  Contact Howie for custom designed light shields for your home or business through his Facebook page.

Home Depot sells a Hampton Bay fully shielded outdoor lighting fixture in most of their stores and online. home depot lightHome Depot has other fully shielded outdoor lighting fixtures online that you can find by searching for “dark sky lighting” – but you have to be careful. Some of the fixtures offered as “dark sky” have frosted or even clear glass on the sides, and are not fully shielded .

StarryNightLightsLogoStarry Night Lights, a dark sky friendly online lighting company, has a number of fully shielded outdoor lighting options for purchase. They also offer shields for flood lights and other existing outdoor lighting fixtures.

To celebrate, promote, and protect the glorious dark skies of Flagstaff and northern Arizona.