Teaching illumination engineering using light pollution education kits

Constance E. Walker, Stephen M. Pompea, Robert T. Sparks, Erin Dokter

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

5 Scopus citations


One-third of outdoor lighting escapes unused into space, causing light pollution. Light pollution is a growing concern on many fronts: energy conservation, cost, safety, health, effects on wildlife, and our ability to view the stars. How we use illumination engineering to optimize where, when, and how light is used is of significant importance. We will discuss how NOAO's light pollution education kits are used to teach illumination engineering. In particular we will address topics associated with achieving sufficient ground coverage, color rendition, types of outdoor lighting, glare and sky glow, assessment of city lights, and task-oriented lighting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationOptics Education and Outreach
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes
EventOptics Education and Outreach - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Aug 1 2010Aug 1 2010

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


OtherOptics Education and Outreach
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA


  • Energy consumption
  • Illumination engineering
  • Light pollution

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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