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Our street lighting doesn’t need to be this bad

Light shines at full intensity even during periods of low activity.
a road at night

We need to adapt lighting to suit our needs.

Rajaram Bhagavathula is a Senior Research Associate at the Center for Infrastructure-Based Safety Systems at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute. He is a team member on projects funded by National Academy of Sciences and Department of Energy that are evaluating the effects of roadway lighting on sleep health and alertness of road users.


Most streets are either or too dark. Streets and roads without street. When street lights are too bright they can cause light pollution, something that delays the maturity of crops, aggravates astronomers, and disorients wildlife like , which can wander inland instead of toward the sea, where they end up dying after being run over by cars or eaten by predators. Exposure to high amounts of artificial light at night has also been linked to disruptions in .

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