Wellesley Natural Resources Commission has a bright idea

Wellesley MLP, outdoor lighting

SPONSORED POST:  The Wellesley Natural Resources Commission will present “Bright Ideas: A Workshop on Smart Outdoor Lighting” as part of a community-friendly lighting program designed to educate residents about lighting that’s safe and healthy for humans, wildlife, and the environment.

WHEN:  Tuesday, September 26
TIME: 7pm – 8:30 pm
WHERE: Wellesley Free Library, 530 Washington St., Wellesley, 02482

Did you know that artificial light affects safety, human health, the environment, and wildlife? The Wellesley Municipal Light Plant (MLP) is working on ways to balance the town’s need for exterior lighting with the desire to minimize artificial light’s potentially negative impacts. This fall the MLP will be piloting lighting options for new neighborhood streetlights by be replacing 3,000 incandescent neighborhood streetlights with cost-effective and energy efficient LED (light emitting diode) fixtures.

The International Dark Sky Association says that “LEDs are very small light bulbs that fit into an electrical circuit. Unlike traditional incandescent bulbs, they don’t have a filament that burns out, and they don’t get very warm…Early LEDs were energy-inefficient and emitted little light, but due to technological advances, LED efficiency and light output have doubled about every three years. Because of their improved quality and falling prices, LEDs are now replacing conventional high-intensity discharge (HID) lamp types for outdoor lighting in communities around the world.”

Bob Parks is an authority on outdoor lighting design, and the director of the Smart Outdoor Lighting Alliance.

Bob Parks, an authority on outdoor lighting design and the director of the Smart Outdoor Lighting Alliance (SOLA), will be on hand to explain it all and answer questions in this workshop designed to help you evaluate safe and environmentally friendly lighting options for your neighborhood and your home.

At this workshop, you will learn how to:

 Evaluate different types of lighting
 Choose the correct lights for your own property
 Use lighting to improve safety
 Talk to your neighbors about lighting