How refreshing to read Ian Stevenson’s letter (January 6) ‘Leave the lights off’. At last some fresh thinking with some common sense and reason.
If you look at a nocturnal satellite picture of the UK you realise how much lighting we have. How much of this, though, is really necessary?
A lot of lighting is just about habit. There are schools and clinics in this area which are ridiculously over-lit with flood and ‘security’ lights. The idea seems to be that it deters intruders. More likely, it attracts them. One left light on in a home is far more effective at deterring burglary than any number of outside ‘security lights’.
A lot of this street-lighting is indeed an enormous waste of money and energy. The band British Sea Power had it right in their song ‘Lights Out for Darker Skies’.
St John’s Court