Hauppauge - (WALK) Star-Gazers, nighthawks and health-conscious residents are applauding a new law intended to dim "blue-rich" light at County-owned facilities in Suffolk.
The bill, introduced by Suffolk Legislator Jay Schneiderman (I-Montauk), was signed into law this week by County Executive Steve Bellone.
Blue-rich white light is linked to higher incidence of glare, creates higher levels of light-pollution in the night sky, and is associated with the disruption of biorhythms and melatonin secretion in people and animals. This type of light is also more difficult for older people to process, according to researchers sited by Schneiderman.
The law requires all outdoor lighting purchased by the County to employ "warm-white" lighting-fixtures with a correlated color-temperature no higher then 3500 Kelvin through December 31, 2015. Any new fixtures purchased after December 31, 2015 will have a correlated color-temperature no higher than 3000 Kelvin, according to a statement by Schneiderman.
"This amendment to my previous legislation to limit excess lighting is an important step forward in efforts to protect human health and the health of wildlife and to ensure we save money on energy costs and reduce unnecessary light that limits our ability to enjoy the beauty of the night sky," said Schneiderman.