Amber LED Sources
Thank you for your interest in amber (orange) lighting! Amber LEDs, for streetlights, residential, and commercial lighting, are our best choice for reducing light pollution and saving our dark skies, as even warm white LEDs will greatly increase skyglow.
When I met with my city council back in February of 2017, I spent hours and days calling different streetlighting companies trying to track down PC Amber LED streetlights and only found one company at the time who had them available! A year later, PC Amber LEDs have continued to make strides and are now on parity in terms of efficiency and cost with warm white LEDs. I hope this list of companies supplying amber LEDs will help you! :-D
Many thanks to Flagstaff Dark Skies Coalition, @JohnBarentine, @skyglowberlin, @remiboucher, @andhaenel, @manugargil and many others for all of your helpful tweets about amber lighting and manufacturers and for the research many of you have done on the effects different light spectrums have on skyglow and the environment.
Reducing Light Pollution!
Click through this Twitter Moment (a compilation of tweets from scientists, doctors and everyday people supporting amber).
Lamp Spectrum and Light Pollution (see how different colors of light scatter in the atmosphere).
Safety! Evidence shows it's easier to see under an amber colored light than bright white due to veiling luminance and disability glare, both of which can cause accidents. Amber also has less blue light, which is harmful to both people and wildlife. If you're concerned about color rendition and visibility, PC Amber has a higher color rendition index (CRI) than the orange HPS lighting we're all used to.
Because amber LEDs are now affordable and efficient, it no longer make sense to choose white. If your city is converting to LEDs, you have a great opportunity to improve your lighting with amber LEDs, and there are so many important reasons for doing so. White would be a big step backwards.
COMPANIES OFFERING PC AMBER LEDS (For streetlights & more):
KIM LIGHTING (Ask to speak with Matt Root--based in the USA)
PHILIPS (Ask to speak with María del Mar Gandolfo de Luque if you can't find PCA in your area)
FOXCONN (a potential 2000K LED might be coming).
SPAIN: WAVE TECH CAN
Landscape & Residential Amber LED Lighting:
See Residential Lighting.
Indoor Amber LED Lighting (because for health reasons, we need to limit our blue & green light exposure at night):
See Residential Lighting.
Note: These are not affiliate links. I do not work for these companies or earn a commission, and Saving Our Stars does not receive sponsorship funds.