Artificial light has become an integral part of our lives allowing us to become more productive and safer. Acknowledging this important role, Moab Dark Skies seeks to encourage responsible lighting that protects our health, safety, and welfare and that of the ecosystems surrounding our community.
In an effort to protect dark skies and understanding its importance to quality of life issues, the City and County are considering changes to their respective outdoor lighting and sign illumination standards. For residents, the changes are quite simple. When placing light, keep these points in mind: light only where you need it, light only when you need it, shield light using a fixture which directs light only downward and reduces glare, select a warmer color temperature bulb (3000K or less), place light on a sensor or timer when appropriate and select the most energy efficient lamps and fixtures.
The benefits of having responsible lighting is that it allows us to save money on electricity, is more sustainable, provides courtesy between neighbors, ensures better quality sleep and allows our bodies to heal, affords views of stars, planets, Moon, and Milky Way from home, and protects the ecosystem surrounding our homes.
On February 20th, we held a community open house on the new outdoor lighting code which was attended by residents, government officials, and Moab Dark Skies members. It was a wonderful opportunity to view the new code and make comments before the code is official. Watch the local community bulletin boards as we may hold another one before the code is voted on.
Mar 14 - First Quarter at 4:27 am
Mar 20 - Full Moon at 7:42 pm