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Lighting Ordinances: Lighting a Dark Sky Friendly Home in St. George

There is something to be said about the peace and serenity of the desert. It has its own unique beauty that deserves to be preserved. One thing contributing to that beauty is the protection of the night sky. Much like Park City, St. George is a place that is dark sky friendly by implementing ordinances that protect the night sky. 

Honoring these ordinances is something we pride ourselves on. While we love creating lighting designs that incorporate uplighting, we know how important it is to protect the night sky. That is why we have fixtures that are dark sky friendly! It is all our responsibilities to preserve the night sky, so here are 3 ways we provide landscape lighting in areas like Entrada and Ivins that honor the ordinances that are in place! 

Path Lighting 

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Illuminating the walkways is one of the easiest ways to bring safety to your home. It allows you and your guests to be guided to and from an entrance with ease; you know exactly where you are going. 

The best way to bring this light to your walkways in a dark sky friend neighborhood is to incorporate path lights. Path lights are great because they shed light downwards as to not disrupt the night sky. In addition, they have a “hat” that shields the light from going upwards in any fashion. This protects the light from invading your neighbors property as well!

Overall a path light is the greatest way to bring safety and functionality to your home while protecting the desert’s night sky! 

Entry Lighting 

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Another way to bring light your home in a dark sky friendly area is by lighting the entry ways. Lighting the entry ways of your homes is one of the greatest ways to eliminate the eerie feeling that comes from pulling up to a dark home. 

There are a few creative ways to bring light to a home and its entrances while still respecting the dark sky ordinances set in place.  The main thing we have to focus on though is the use of warm tones. It brings safety and beauty to the front of your home without disrupting the dark sky that we all love. 

Downlighting 

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When in doubt, use downlighting. Down lights are one of the least invasive techniques when it comes to landscape lighting, not only for the night sky, but for your neighbors as well. Since downlighting fixtures are placed high up in a tree or mounted on an architectural piece, the light is directed downward.

This provides light to a property without polluting the night sky or trespassing with light on your neighbors. Unlike a flood light, downlighting creates a soft and subtle cast of light rather than a harsh light that illuminates everything below. The downlight is very intentional and illuminates what is intended to be lit. 

Do you live in a dark sky friendly neighborhood? 

If you live in a dark sky friendly neighborhood but would like to bring light to your home, give us a call or fill out a contact form here! We will come out and find all the ways we can illuminate your home for safety and beauty while still staying in line with the ordinances of your HOA or city. Let our designers create not only a functional property, but one that highlights the beauty of your home even at night. 

At Landscape Lighting Pro, the art of outdoor illumination is a real passion we work to perfect. Designing elegantly bespoke landscape lighting systems is simply all we do. For over 15 years, our award winning team of designers and craftsmen have striven to bring the best outdoor lighting experience possible to people's homes and businesses across the Wasatch Front & beyond. 

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