Light pollution has been a growing problem for many American cities. Inefficient lighting fixtures that have been installed in the past allow excess light to escape into the skies above and significantly reduce the visibility of the night sky. The City of Houston should adopt a lighting ordinance to help combat this problem in an efficient and simple manner.
A decrease in light pollution will not only benefit those interested in astronomy. The City of Houston will be able to save money on innefficient lighting that wastes energy and excess light. A simple lighting ordinance for the City of Houston will ensure that the city installs efficient, full-cutoff lighting fixtures to reduce the amount of light pollution in Houston and increase energy efficiency, as well as ensure that the city's old, inefficient streetlights are replaced with efficient ones in the future.