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Teaching illumination engineering using light pollution education kits
Author(s): Constance E. Walker; Stephen M. Pompea; Robert T. Sparks; Erin Dokter

Paper Abstract

One-third of outdoor lighting escapes unused into space, causing light pollution. Light pollution is a growing concern on many fronts: energy conservation, cost, safety, health, effects on wildlife, and our ability to view the stars. How we use illumination engineering to optimize where, when, and how light is used is of significant importance. We will discuss how NOAO's light pollution education kits are used to teach illumination engineering. In particular we will address topics associated with achieving sufficient ground coverage, color rendition, types of outdoor lighting, glare and sky glow, assessment of city lights, and task-oriented lighting.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 August 2010
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 7783, Optics Education and Outreach, 77830H (31 August 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.862713
Show Author Affiliations
Constance E. Walker, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)
Stephen M. Pompea, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)
Robert T. Sparks, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)
Erin Dokter, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7783:
Optics Education and Outreach
G. Groot Gregory, Editor(s)

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