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Good Neighbor Lighting FAQs

Good Neighbor Lighting FAQs

Star-filled night skies are now fading and being washed out by the glow of city lights. Artificial light shining up into the sky creates light pollution and dulls the view for stargazers. Excessive and poorly directed lights are also a tremendous waste of energy. They can create deep shadows that are unsafe for pedestrians, cause hatchling sea turtles to lose sight of the ocean and cause migrating birds to fly into buildings. Although the problem is serious, the solution for many is as simple as changing bulb wattage, using motion sensors or replacing old lighting with a Good Neighbor Lighting fixture.

Many ordinances are being passed nationwide to protect our sky from light pollution. Lowe’s can provide you with lighting options that are neighbor-friendly by keeping the sky dark, preserving the environment and saving energy.


Answers to Your Questions About Good Neighbor Lighting


Why is Good Neighbor Lighting important?

Good Neighbor outdoor lights improve visibility, safety and security, while minimizing energy use, operating costs and ugly glare. Directing light where you're only using the amount that's needed saves money, energy and reduces greenhouse gases.


What is wrong with my current outdoor light?

Nothing may be wrong with your current outdoor fixtures. They could be poorly designed, improperly aimed and bad for our environment. Traditional outdoor lighting fixtures can be costly, wasteful and distractingly glary. They harm the nighttime environment and neighbors' property values.


What is a Good Neighbor Lighting rule of thumb?

Here's the basic rule of thumb: If you can see the bright bulb from a distance, it's a bad light. With a Good Neighbor light, you see lit ground instead of the dazzling bulb. You can also check the boxes for our Good Neighbor Lighting Seal of approval just to confirm that the fixture meets the guidelines.


Where can I find a Good Neighbor Lighting fixture?

Lowe’s provides an assortment of innovative Dark Sky-approved outdoor lighting fixtures.

Dark Sky Lighting