NPS Outdoor Lighting Retrofits Guide

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Lighting constitutes a large portion of energy use at national parks. This guide provides assistance to facility managers who want to reduce lighting energy use while making parks safer and more visually appealing for visitors.

Proper outdoor lighting increases safety and security, minimizes light pollution, and makes visitors’ experience of national parks more memorable. Illuminating key attractions with the right luminaires, equipped with the right lighting controls, can also reduce energy consumption. This guide is intended to make the selection of appropriate, energy-efficient outdoor lighting solutions easier and improve project outcomes.

This guide provides an overview of outdoor lighting best practices as well as information on lighting technologies that can optimize energy, cost and maintenance savings. It offers guidance for evaluating light sources, performing a lighting audit, and pairing lamps with lighting controls. In many cases, following best practices allows facilities to exceed federal standards for outdoor lighting energy efficiency.

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