New street light design eliminates light pollution

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There aren’t many stars beaming down at you at night in metro areas because of light pollution – the name for misdirected artificial light. A team of scientists has outlined a new LED street lamp design that could help reclaim the luminosity of the heavens.

A pollution solution devised by a team of Japanese and Mexican researchers was published yesterday in the journal Optics Express. The design is multi-fold. It outfits street lamps with a cluster of LEDs and specialized lenses that are mounted inside of a reflective box covered with a microlens sheet that resembles the shape of insects’ eyes, according to information found in the study’s abstract.

Author: Laura B.

I'm the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center's Sustainability Information Curator, which is a fancy way of saying embedded librarian. I'm also Executive Director of the Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable. When not writing for Environmental News Bits, I'm an avid reader. Visit Laura's Reads to see what I'm currently reading.

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