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One of the greatest pleasures of life here at the Lakes is to step outside your cabin, look at the big night sky and watch those incredible stars .


Away from the city lights we are able to search for falling stars and bright planets, pick out constellations and even trace the paths of orbiting satellites ---what a thrill.


But this show happens only in the dark. Sadly,our dark skies have been diminishing as the number of outdoor cabin lights increases in our community,


In an effort to preserve the character of our night sky the SLPOA Board of directors is asking that homeowners take affirmative measures to  minimize outdoor lighting.


What about exterior lighting for the snowplows and blowers, you might ask?  Placer County Road Maintenance  Department says lighting is NOT required, but a minimum amount, such as lower voltage motion sensors, or even little Christmas lights, can be helpful, especially on newer cabins that are not yet familiar to the operators.


Here are the steps you can take to help preserve our wonderful evening views.


l. Replace the halogen, sodium and mercury vapor lamps, as they are overkill for the amount of lighting required.  Unless they are installed with a lot of shielding they spill into the night sky and shine into you and your neighbors’ windows.


2. Put your outdoor lights on a motion sensor.   


3.  Do not use exterior lighting fixtures where the source, i.e. the bulb, is visible from neighboring properties.   Use fixtures with solid covering on the sides that direct the light to the specific area where it is needed.  In effect, the light should point down or reflect back onto your cabin, not shine out across the street. 


4. Use lower wattage bulbs.


5. Reach out to your neighbors and politely explain why they should help to reduce ambient light pollution.


Ask your family your friends, and your renters to please turn off those outside lights as quickly as possible.  It will save energy, money, and the beauty of our night skies. 


For more information go to the International Dark Sky Association website.