Our fantastic civilization has fallen out of touch with many aspects of nature, and with none more completely than with night. Primitive folk, gathered at a cave mouth round a fire, do not fear night; they fear, rather, the energies and creatures to whom night gives power; we of the age of the machines, having delivered ourselves of nocturnal enemies, now have a dislike of night itself. With lights and ever more lights, we drive the holiness and beauty of night back to the forests and the sea; the little villages, the crossroads. Are modern folk, perhaps, afraid of night? Do they fear that vast serenity, the mystery of infinite space, the austerity of stars? Having made themselves at home in a civilization obsessed with power, which explains its whole world in terms of energy, do they fear at night for their dull acquiescence and the pattern of their beliefs? Be the answer what it will, today’s civilization is full of people who have not the slightest notion of the character or the poetry of night, who have never even seen night. Yet to live thus, to know only artificial night, is as absurd as to know only artificial day.
― Henry Beston, The Outermost House, 1928
Using a Brex Lighting bollard is the compromise. The wonderful use of bollards is doing your part to help with city light pollution. The reason is, bollards point the light down toward the ground, or out at a 90-degree angle. Safety and security are the primary purposes of any outdoor lighting, but aesthetic appeal is a happy byproduct. Path lighting allows you to walk at night safely in conditions of low or no natural light. Rather than flooding the whole space with a blanket of light, you can provide localized pools of low light on the ground, right where you need it. Aside from being more visually interesting, it ultimately saves energy to boot.
Quantity of light is relative to overall brightness of the area. The more ambient light around (streetlights, neighboring houses, etc), the more light you'll need to make the path lighting stand out. In rural areas with low ambient light, less is more. Your eyes already adjust to the dark, and too much light can cause glare, making it more difficult to see. In terms of spacing of the lights, refer to manufacturer specifications. Different fixture shapes, lamp sources and light distributions affect spacing.The engineering and designs used in our bollards is second to none. All of our outdoor fixtures are designed to withstand the toughest of weather conditions while still providing maximum efficiency. Our customers regularly report anywhere from 50 to 80% energy savings when switching from older HID fixtures. With jobs all across the United States and in all weather conditions you can be assured that your next install will last with LED fixtures from BREX Lighting.