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Discourage light pollution

As Madison continues to grow, more efforts should be made to ensure that plenty of stars remain visible to most residents most of the time. This does not mean we'll have poorly lit streets, as any lighting engineer will tell you it is not only possible but also more energy efficient to direct light only where it is needed (down towards the street, not up towards the sky).

Response: Madison supports the Dark Sky lighting concept. Lighting is a key component of many reconstruction projects and it is our preference to use Dark Sky compliant full cut-off light fixtures.

Submitted by Community Member 11 months ago

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  1. Maybe turn the lights off at the capital for the night sometimes-it would save the city some money too.

    11 months ago
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    1. A good idea - but it would save the State money, not the City.

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  2. I back this. I don't think people realize how bad light pollution in even a small city like Madison is. I used to live in a "Dark Sky" city and the difference between there and here is well....night and day? It doesn't have to be a super fast process, but replacing bulbs and broken light posts with ones that reduce light pollution is a start.

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  3. Doesn't Madison have a dark sky ordinance?

    11 months ago
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  4. Check out the Olbrich Gardens parking lot -- any night, all night. Bright as day. What a waste. What a disruption to the peaceful dark night.

    10 months ago
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