Preserving the Night
How to Keep GVM a Nighttime
As GVM continues to add homes
and new neighbors, our nighttime paradise in GVM is becoming endangered.
Complaints have increased each year about all-night outside lighting on many
residences. Besides being a violation of
Architectural Review Committee Rules and Regulations (Section VI A.), there are
other good reasons to limit your outside lighting. Most GVM residents cherish the darkness and
the ability to see the stars without light pollution. Some complaints involve lights which shine
directly into living rooms and bedrooms.
Dusk-to-Dawn lights are not acceptable.
This doesn’t apply to the low-wattage landscape lights or to lights
which directly illuminate a
Some part-time residents are concerned about property security and want to have bright outside lights on for this reason. Strategically placed motion lights can be more effective than the dusk-to-dawn large wattage lights. GVM neighbors will notice outside lights turning on and off more readily and are more likely to check out your property if they see outside lights coming on when you are not home.
Please think about your outside lighting strategy as it relates to your nighttime work activities, your security needs, and the impact on the neighbors and the dark skies. When building a new home, it is easy and affordable to plan your lighting choices and locations in advance. Avoid lighting “overkill” which will cause “light trespass” into your neighbors’ properties. Below are just a few ideas of good and bad choices for outside lighting in GVM. Much more information about nighttime lighting choices and the general issue of light pollution can be found at www.darksky.org.
These fixtures have Many existing dusk-to-dawn lights
bulbs and reflectors mounted can be retrofitted with a solid
above the glass and a solid shroud to direct the light straight to
top to cut off the light from the ground. Still, these should not
shining upward. be left on all night.
All BAD BAD BAD
All of these inefficient fixtures have the problem of casting unshielded light outward and upward. They cause
considerable glare and do a poor job of putting light where you really need it.
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