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Presteigne Dark Sky Masterplan UK The lighting industry has rapidly grown over the last century, bringing towns and cities to life, celebrating architecture and providing visibility at night. However, today we also need to face the impact of human-made lighting on the natural environment. Lighting accounts for nearly 6% of the global CO2 emissions, and 20% of the electricity used worldwide. Besides blighting the view of the night sky, inefficient lighting wastes more than ÂŁ1bn a year in the UK alone. Light pollution has drastic effects on the environment and wellbeing of all humans, animals and plants, altering our perception of the night and blocking our access to our oldest heritage, the stars. This therefore places an important responsibility on the global lighting industry to lead exemplary

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process. As such, Dark Source, founded by Kerem Asfuroglu, is engaging in a new project that will look to drastically reduce light pollution in the Welsh town of Presteigne, while still effectively illuminating the streets for residents. The project aims to put lighting design at the forefront of transforming the town into the first Welsh Dark Sky Community by using intelligent and sustainable lighting technology. Well executed lighting design can encourage nighttime activity, improve wayfinding and provide the community with a sense of reassurance, all while eliminating unnecessary light pollution. With this project, Dark Source hopes to raise the challenge, and fundamentally reconsider the way that we use

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