Many people In Europe are now installing ground surface lights in their gardens to add a little flair to their evening patio parties. But now one German blog called Frischer Wind (fresh wind) is a bit upset about it, calling such lights senseless and useless.
After all, all they do is throw light up into the dark night sky.
You see, these lights are already widely used in pedestrian zones, parks and plazas. They also provide much architectural flair to mansions, like around the swimming pool. They look great.
Unfortunately, a lot of regular folks are now picking them up at home centres and hardware stores and installing them in their humble backyards – because they too also want a taste of what it’s like to live as the rich and wealthy do. You know, like how Hollywood and elitist activists live.
Well, we can’t have all these regular folks doing that, now can we?
According to Christian Reinboth at Frischer Wind blog, it’s all a big waste that’s getting out of hand. This type of lighting contributes nothing except for illumination pollution. That’s right – there’s now too much lighting at night. To prove his point, he sets up a DIALux simulation series to demonstrate the inefficiency of these lamps by measuring ULRs (upward light ratios).
In the simulation, the illumination of a light mounted on a mast is supplemented by five 70-watt ground-surface lamps space 1 meter apart. The finding:
The 5 ground-surface lamps contribute quite exactly nothing to the illumination of the area.
Horrors! In another scenario Reinboth determines:
…only 0.5% of the light emitted by the lamp serves as illumination – the rest is wasted directly into the night sky.
So be warned. Get them while you can. Already Edison’s light bulb is on the verge of being banned in the USA. In Europe everything 60W and above is already banned, and in a few years all incandescent bulbs will be illegal (I’ve stashed a good number of them away, so there!). Next it’ll be the “senseless and useless” ground-surface lights, no matter what type they are. After all, they only consume energy and pollute the night skies with light.
There’s no end to possible illumination regulation. Lights can do so many horrible things. If the light colour is wrong, they attract and endanger poor little night insects, or they can cause glare, and they consume energy, which leads to climate change. The regulation is only beginning. The Dark Ages are about to return.