Addressing Light Pollution
The DLC’s LUNA requirements establish criteria for using the highest quality outdoor lighting at night – lighting that minimizes light pollution, provides appropriate visibility for people, and limits negative impacts to the environment. In addition to the benefits that appropriate lighting can provide to our outdoor environment, there are also energy savings to be captured by only using the right type of light, and only where it is needed.
LUNA establishes performance requirements for specific categories of outdoor solid-state lighting so that energy efficiency programs, cities and municipalities, and all outdoor lighting decision makers can be confident that their selections save energy AND follow best environmental practices for nighttime lighting.
Light pollution unnecessarily contributes to climate change.
The sky glow of Los Angeles is visible from an airplane 200 miles away.
LUNA Policy Development
The DLC carefully evaluates every initiative for its impact on industry, environment, and end-users. We tap market experts, manufacturers, and other industry stakeholders to help establish verified, trustworthy requirements to keep the lighting industry at the forefront of carbon reduction efforts. The LUNA program will follow the DLC’s 6-step process to craft comprehensive criteria that address the needs of our energy efficiency program members and industry partners alike.
Learn more about the effects of light on nighttime environments.
- Light Pollution Wastes Energy and Money – International Dark-Sky Association
- Light Pollution Effects on Wildlife and Ecosystems – International Dark-Sky Association
- Our Nights are Getting Brighter, and Earth is Paying the Price – National Geographic
- Designing Quality Lighting for People in Outdoor Environments – ANSI/IES LP-2-20 Illuminating Engineering Society
- Environmental Considerations for Outdoor Lighting – ANSI/IES LP-11-20 Illuminating Engineering Society
- IDA and IES announce strategic collaboration to advance quality lighting to reduce light pollution – Illuminating Engineering Society