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International Dark Sky Week 2014

»Posted by on Apr 22, 2014 in Press Release | 0 comments

TUCSON, AZ - Created in 2003 by high-school student Jennifer Barlow, International Dark Sky Week has grown to become a worldwide event and a key component of Global Astronomy Month. Each year it is held in April around Earth Day and Astronomy Day. This year celebrations begin Sunday, April 20, and run through Friday, April 26. Join the International Dark-Sky Association for seven days of celebration, learning and action! In explaining why she started the week, Barlow said, “I want people to be able to see the wonder of the night sky without the effects of light pollution. The universe is our view into our past and our vision into the future. … I want to help preserve its wonder.” International Dark Sky Week draws attention to the problems...

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Mont-Megantic IDSR reports the installation of new amber LED street luminaires that are dark sky, human health and environment friendly

»Posted by on Mar 13, 2014 in Press Release | 0 comments

Directors of the Mont-Mégantic International Dark Sky Reserve (MMIDSR), which covers Granit and Haut-Saint-François RMCs as well as the City of Sherbrooke, are pleased to announce the installation of luminaires that are dark sky, human health and environment friendly in the municipality of Saint-Ludger, located at 75 km from Mont-Mégantic. These new luminaires offer DEL technology benefits (energy efficiency, controllability, durability), while respecting lighting principles endorsed by IDSRMM and its partners, such as better oriented lighting, less intensity, time- controlled and amber tones. These Philips StreetView luminaires, equipped with 1800 K amber DEL, are doubly innovative. Firstly, they emit optimum colour while minimising nocturnal blue light and its...

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Mont-Megantic IDSR reports the arrival of new Phillips LED luminaires that are dark sky, human health and environment friendly

»Posted by on Sep 4, 2013 in Press Release | 0 comments

Officials of Mont-Mégantic International Dark Sky Reserve (MMIDSR), which covers Granit and Haut-Saint-François RMC and the City of Sherbrooke, are pleased to announce that Phillips has now made available a whole range of LED luminaires which are dark sky, human health and environment friendly. These new green luminaires allow us to put forward LED lighting technology while significantly limiting  emission of bluish light towards the sky and living areas, contributing to a better protection of starry skies and biological cycles related to the alternation of night and day. Moreover, these LED luminaires satisfy regulatory requirements overseeing outside lighting on the Reserve territory. This important step forward was made possible through the use of slightly...

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White LED lighting – Wait before choosing

»Posted by on Nov 23, 2012 in Press Release | 0 comments

Directors of Mont-Mégantic International Dark Sky Reserve (MMIDSR), which covers Granit and Haut-Saint-François RMC and the City of Sherbrooke, encourage people, contractors and municipalities to exercise caution before installing white LED luminaires. Although these new luminaires offer some benefits, they usually project a very white light which could have negative effects on sky glow and the health of human beings, fauna and flora. Moreover, these white LED luminaires are usually prohibited by regulation in effect within the Dark Sky Reserve, except in certain cases and for specific uses like Christmas decorations and sport grounds. Many partners of International Dark Sky Reserve are presently working to develop technical solutions for eliminating negative...

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Mont-Mégantic International Dark Sky Reserve 5th Anniversary!

»Posted by on Sep 21, 2012 in Press Release | 0 comments

Notre-Dame-des-Bois, September 21, 2012 Five years ago, the first International Dark Sky Reserve was created in the Eastern Townships. Officially designated by International Dark Sky Association (IDA), Mont-Mégantic International Dark Sky Reserve (MMIDSR) covers a territory encompassing Granit and Haut-Saint-François RCMs as well as the City of Sherbrooke. It involves 35 municipalities and over 225,000 citizens. Lead by ASTROLab, this world premiere is the result of a concerted regional effort focused on lighting awareness, regulation and conversion. Besides succeeding to give back to the region a pure dark starry sky, creation of the Reserve has brought about in 5 years, about 9,500,000 kWh energy savings, which would be closed to $1,000,000. A Dark Star Reserve...

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