What You Need to Know About Light Pollution

As much as possible you want your environment to shine with flashy lights especially at night. You do this to fend off whatever is lurking in the dark. Now this sounds harmless but you have to be aware that if you continue overdoing the lights, you are contributing to light pollution. Perhaps you are not familiar about it or you just choose to ignore but regardless, this is the time that you have to know everything about it.


Light pollution is the extensive use of artificial light. It is undeniable that Singapore has this extensive use of artificial light and so does New York or Paris. Actually, light pollution is the negative effect of urbanization. When you hear pollution, regardless of the kind, it compromises health of the people as well as upsetting the ecosystems and destroying the aesthetic environment. No matter how you see it, it can have a lasting effect.

Types of light pollution

You have to know that light pollution is broad. It can refer to different problems that are stimulated by excessive use of artificial light. Types include light trespass, over-illumination, glare, light clutter and skyglow. Light trespass refers to the unwanted light that entered another’s property. Over-illumination on the other hand is the extreme use of light. Glare can be categorized differently but in general it refers to a shine with harsh and uncomfortable brilliant light. Light clutter means the extensive light grouping that can distract and confuse people. Lastly, skyglow is the diffused glow of light.

Light pollution’s impact on energy

Light uses energy without a doubt but excessive lighting also means excessive and unnecessary use of energy. How can people deal with this? Energy conservation is the key to address this issue. Advocates are raising awareness so people can change their habits so light is used efficiently. It is therefore crucial for every government to provide its citizens of information about light pollution, the potential problems that will arise from it and how to reduce its effect on energy use.


You have learned that in this world, too much of something is bad and it entails consequences. The first consequence that you have to face is energy waste. You have to know that lighting is accountable for almost ¼ of all electricity consumption in the world. It was mentioned earlier that it can also compromise the health on both human and animal. In the world of astronomy, light pollution destroys the night sky. With light pollution, the skies have become blurry and stars less sparkly.

One lit bulb among unlit ones