Rule number one

La Palma’s streetlights are (for the most part) dark sky friendly: amber-colored, shielded to the ground, and not overly bright. However, the simplest rule to avoid light pollution is to only illuminate what and when needed. Or simply: Don’t illuminate at all when nobody needs light. Continue reading

Los Llanos: Poorly adjusted public floodlights

La Palma’s “Sky Law” requires public lighting to be directed downwards to avoid direct light scatter and skyglow. Most streetlights therefore have full cut-off housings. But some lights could be better, much better. One bright example are floodlights, especially the ones used in Los Llanos’ municipal stadium. Continue reading