Ecological Consequences of Roadway Lighting Design

Leo F Smith, International Dark-Sky Association
Topic Area
Transportation Ecology in Construction, Operations and Maintenance

Roadway Lighting, when poorly designed, has adverse effects on the ecology and wildlife. Plants, fish and bird migration, reptiles and mammals are each affected by light pollution and trespass. Best practices in roadway lighting include shielding, restricting the streetlight's blue wavelength content and using automatic dimmers during off-peak hours.

Abstract Keywords
Ecological light pollution