Many people in the San Antonio area are beginning to hear about a term called “dark sky“. Essentially, the term refers to reducing nocturnal glow & glare from urban & coastal areas. As our culture and society becomes ever more environmentally friendly, we seek new and better ways to live in harmony with nature, and that includes addressing our night sky.
The goal of various “Dark Sky Compliance” measures is to deal with the excess artificial light, especially near or around urban areas, that has reduced our ability to see the stars at night. And it’s not just being addressed to help the environment.
Bexar County Commissioners Court Regulation No. 12.501.072208, known as “The Camp Bullis Lighting Order”, was recently passed to address the light pollution that was affecting the night time medical field training exercises at Camp Bullis.
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio & the Hill Country, LLC has always been sensitive to the issue of light pollution, and that is why we design our residential landscape lighting plans the way we do. We use primarily low voltage systems that use lower wattage bulbs increasing energy efficiency while still providing the correct amount of light. When we do use line voltage lighting, we use it in a downward lighting application. All of our lighting is shielded and aimed in such a way as to eliminate “light encroachment” or “light trespass” to the surrounding neighbors. We believe in “lighting for effect”. Light should illuminate the structure or landscape without any additional glare, i.e., light should never be hitting you in the eyes.
The International Dark-Sky Association has developed some simple Guidelines for Lighting Regulations for Small Communities, Urban Neighborhoods, and Subdivisions. In the article, it is noted that Low Voltage landscape lighting is exempt from most lighting regulations, but such lighting should be shielded in such a way as to eliminate glare and light trespass.
Our customers can rest assured that our residential low voltage landscape lighting designs and installations are in full compliance with paragraph 2.2 of The Camp Bullis Lighting Order, and are in full compliance with the guidelines specified by the International Dark-Sky Association.
Our goal has always been and continues to be to provide you, our customer, with high quality landscape lighting that will enhance your home’s beauty, safety, security, while also being friendly to the enviroment.
That’s a promise.
Kenneth Wells, President