We’re Keeping the Lights On

Courtesy NASA

I fondly remember Tom Bodett as spokesman for Motel 6 commercials saying:  “and we’ll leave the light on for you” implying that they wanted to warmly welcome you when you stay with them.

Well, evidently, the concept has caught on worldwide, brought out, ironically, in part by the efficiency of lighting itself according to this article in USA TodayFarewell to night? Light pollution reducing darkness worldwide.

So, now we are seeing a growing series of problems and issues due to efficiency itself!  Scientists are worried that the brightness at night is going to create a whole family of health problems.

Interesting on many levels, and possibly a canary in the mine for other unexpected consequences of our focus on efficiency.  Some of you who are observant will remember my prior blog on the efficiency of transportation creating a similar problem.


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