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10 The Julian News With the recent "Letters to the Editor" regarding nighttime lighting, I feel it necessary to write another article on proper lighting and protecting our beautiful Julian skies. Human beings, from the very dawn of man, have had a natural fear of the dark. Not having the eyes of a predator, with their ability to see in dim light, we naturally want light around us to see any potential threat to our survival. Even today, with very few natural threats to worry about, we still feel the need to light up the darkness. Although studies have been done comparing nighttime lighting and the amount of crime, people can't be dissuaded from lighting up their environment. Yet, we are intelligent creatures, and can use our intelligence to overcome this fear, have sensible lighting and protect the nighttime environment, all at the same time. Because San Diego County is one the nations centers of astronomical research, the County of San Diego passed legislation trying to protect this resource. The strictest laws are within 15 miles of either the Palomar or Laguna observatories, Zone A, but Julian is outside these two areas and falls into the Zone B restrictions. The Yardblaster mercury vapor lamp A synopsis of the Zone B restrictions follows: A. All exterior lights should be fully shielded or full cutoff types. A full cutoff or fully shielded light is one that the bulb is not visible when you look straight at the lamp and it is pointed at the ground, at eye "level. Yardblasters, those large mercury vapor lamps that people use to light large areas, are not legal in this county, unless fitted with a full shield. Bad Lighting - no shielding B. All lighting should point down at the earth. This is simple; all lighting should point down, and not at the sky. Lights for business signs should be mounted on top of the sign and point down to illuminate it, not up from below. Good Lighting downward coverage only C. Lighting from one property cannot encroach or spill over to another property. No light from a lamp on your property should fall on a neighbor's property; this is called "Light Trespass" and is against the law. So what can you do to protect our dark night skies? Easy, just There are only a handful of code follow these simple steps, compliance officers, but they will Walk around your property eventually get around to making at night and look at your lights, him comply with the law. Replace any lights where theIf for no other reason, reducing bulb is visible when at eye level, your lighting saves you MONEY. or shield the light so that its not. We all are living in a very By using pieces of thin steel difficult economic time, and flashing, to shield the bulb, I was every penny saved is important. able to convert the yard lights The International Dark-Sky at my house to full cutoff. Total Association has estimated cost, about $5.00. that over $10 BILLION dollars Put motion sensors on a year is spent on poor and outdoor floodlights, leaving them unnecessary lighting. Think of on all night not only pollutes the the amount of pollution that could sky, but wastes energy, be prevented by not having to Look over your neighbor's burn the oil and coal to produce fence. Can you see light from that much energy! your lights in his yard or on his The one thing about light house? Then adjust or move the pollution, unlike other manmade lights so that it does not cross pollutants, it's easily and quickly over the property line. reversible. All it takes is a Look at your landscape concern for the environment and lighting- is any of it pointed up to the willingness to spend a little light a tree or rock? Reposition time and money to make your the lights so that no light goes up lighting compliant with the law. into the sky and only points down If we all work together, we can at the earth, even darker skies here in Julian Do you own a business? for a very long time. Check to make sure that yourI encourage everyone to business sign is lit from above, visit the International Dark-Sky not from below. Association web page at www. Does your neighbor have for more information one of those bright, obnoxious about proper lighting and the Yardblasters in his backyard? effects of improper lighting on Unshielded Yardblasters are the environment. against the law, even thoughIf you have any questions, or it's legal for Home Depot to sell want further information, feel them, it is against the law to free to send an email to: scott@ install them. Ask him nicely to or give turn it off or put a full shield on it. me a call at 765-1083. If he does not comply, then call Clear, and Dark Skies! the County and file a complaint. Scott Baker Mike Leigh and Scott Baker working on the Julian High School Observatory. May 20, 2009 LAKE C : FIRE DEPARTMENT SUNDAY-/CLAY 24, 2009 8 TO I PM At the Cuyamaca Fire Station Hwy 79 and Engineers Road MENU Pancakes, Sausage, Eggs, Juice & Coffee RAFFLE TICKETS WILL BE ON SALE AT THE STATION AT $1 PER TICKET PRIZES WILL BE :$500, $300, $200, $1OO CASH BREAKFAST TICKETS ; ADULTS $6 AND 1 C. 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