Tags:From the press release:
The Buncombe County Planning Board will discuss outdoor lighting standards this Monday, October 3, 2011 at 9:30 am in the Commissioners' Chambers located at 30 Valley Street (downtown).
Your attendance and comments are welcome.
WNCA member Bernie Arghiere reviewed the standards which will impact all "new commercial" outdoor lighting installed in the county (outside of the town boundaries). The proposed standards appear sound, requiring full-cutoff lighting in most situations. He was concerned, however, with what was not included in the standards. It involves 3 areas:
1. Street lighting, especially the lighting installed by developers in new residential neighborhoods, is not mentioned. These need to be regulated as they are almost always installed as a not fully-shielded fixture, and are responsible for much light trespass and pollution.
2. The obnoxious dusk-to-dawn yard pole lights, used both residentially and commercially, that are very prevalent in our area. They also cause an enormous amount of light trespass. The City of Asheville has a ban on the new installation of these lights.
3. No mention is made limiting the heat index on the new LED lights to ratings that are no higher than 4300 degrees Kelvin. The LEDs that have higher Kelvin ratings produce a very intense blue-white light that creates enormous amounts of glare. Most cities, including the city of Asheville, have opted to not use LEDs with ratings above 4300 degrees Kelvin.