The problem of light pollution or over-lighting in cities
In recent decades, night-time overlighting has become a serious environmental problem. Light pollution is the order of the day, affecting the ecosystem, biodiversity and human beings.
Through artificial lighting, humans have spoiled the night in most urban and rural areas. Artificial light invades everything due to its misuse. This act of pollution is linked to the actions of public administrations, which must react to the current situation.
There is a current of study and development of light sources and human-oriented control systems (HCL) based on analysing how lighting affects living beings. Whether of natural or artificial origin, it is capable of generating various effects directly on people and biodiversity. Controlling the regulation of luminosity that complies with appropriate intensity and temperature patterns will favour people’s health, performance or comfort, while also reducing light pollution in cities.
What is Slowlight?
It is an initiative that strives for sustainable road lighting. It aims to help municipalities and public bodies to find models that will enable them to move towards responsible management of public lighting networks.
Slowlight was created as a tool for action with the aim of creating working environments that facilitate the design, planning, regulation and management of lighting in a sustainable and responsible manner. In this way, the protection of the night and the quality of the night sky will be preserved while achieving optimal and high quality public and private lighting that generates illuminated environments in harmony with the dark.
Slowlight, solutions against over-lighting
This initiative has numerous benefits, such as:
- Reduction of energy consumption in public lighting points.
- Increased cost savings and maintenance of installations.
- Helps to contribute to the reduction and improvement of the carbon footprint affecting the environment.
- Generates more comfortable and healthy environments for biodiversity and humans.
Street lighting in Portonovo (Pontevedra).
Prilux with the Slowlight commitment
The Prilux Group collaborates from its most professional and human side in the development of luminaires and technologies capable of combating the problem that exists today.
The first initiatives were taken by the Prilux Group years ago when it began to certify LED modules and luminaires at the IAC (Instituto Astrofísico de Canarias) in accordance with its demanding requirements for spectral control and emission in the upper hemisphere. More recently it has demonstrated compliance in an ENAC accredited laboratory with its road luminaires with the night sky protection directives. Specifically, complying with the official journal of the Generalitat de Cataluña nº 6944, decree 109/2015 and the “Índice Espectral G” of the Junta de Andalucía.
Now, in order to ensure better nights and proper management of lighting in cities, Prilux signs the commitment of the Slowlight initiative.
In accordance with the principles stated in the Slowlight Manifesto, Prilux is committed to once again become aware of the problem of light pollution and to actively fight against it.