RECOMMENDED LIGHT FIXTURES

How to choose a good outdoor lighting device?

Below is a non-exhaustive list of luminaires recommended by the Mont-Mégantic International Dark Sky Reserve.

The recommended products have been selected to meet the best practice criteria in outdoor lighting and to satisfy a variety of needs. Many other suitable products may be found on the market, though availability may vary depending on your region.

Since the intensity and the period of illumination will depend on the specific use, these criteria are not considered in the selection of the listed luminaires. However, it is recommended to choose a low wattage system and use lighting controls such as a switch, dimmer, timer or motion detector.

ORIENTATION

The light fixture must be designed

and installed so that it emits

no light above the horizon.

 

The luminaire must therefore be classified 

full cut-off or U0.

 

Luminaires that do not have an official classification but whose light source is fully shielded are also accepted.

 

Recessed luminaires or luminaires fitted with visors may also meet this specification.


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COLOUR

The light source must have a

colour temperature below 2200K

or emit less than 10% of blue light*.

 

PC-amber LEDs (1800K to 2200K), as well as amber LEDs, are therefore widely recommended.

 

The use of a suitable mix of white and amber LEDs, an optical filter limiting the amount of blue light and Sodium light sources (HPS and LPS) are also recommended.

For low power sources (less than 1000 lumens), the colour temperature can reach up to 3000K or 20% blue light.

* Percentage of blue light represents light emitted in the wavelength range of 405 to 530 nanometers compared to the wavelength range of 380 to 730 nanometers.

ESSENTIAL CHARACTERISTICS:

RESIDENTIAL USE AND

MODERATE LUMINOSITY

The availability of appropriate lighting fixtures varies between retailers. It is preferable to visit a specialized retailer able to offer quality advice. Nearby mount Mégantic, Royaume du Luminaire, Home Depot, RONA and Réno Dépôt offer the greater choice of adequate fixtures. However, certain models are only available online. Some acceptable fixtures can also be found on Amazon.

For fixtures sold without a lightbulb, yellow lightbulbs also known as "bug repellent" will have the least impact on the nocturnal ecosystem. If unavailable, choose a low-power lightbulb with a low color temperature.

Download our list of appropriate fixtures listed by retailers in the region which respect the principles of eco-lighting.

*This list is not exhaustive. Supply and inventory may vary.

Here are some examples of recommended fixtures and lightbulbs:
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WALL CYLINDERS

- Contemporary and sober style

- Light directed downwards

- Several brands and finishes

- Usable with many lightbulb types

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DESIGN LUMINAIRES

- Several styles and brands

- Models with integrated LEDs

- Choose model with low power, warm lighting color

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YELLOW LED

- Low nocturnal impact 

- Long life expectancy

- Very high energy efficiency

- "Bug repellent"

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WALL LANTERNS

- Vintage or contemporary style

- Light directed downwards

- Available in different sizes

- Usable with many lightbulb types

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SUSPENDED LUMINAIRES

- Ideal for porch and gallery

- Light directed downwards

- Several styles and finishes

- Usable with many lightbulb types

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YELLOW CFL

- Low nocturnal impact

- Low price

- High energy efficiency

- "Bug repellent"

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RECESSED LIGHT

- Choice of either integrated LED or conventional lightbulb

- Light directed downwards

- Ideal for eaves lighting

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GLASS LANTERNS

- Acceptable if socket is located high enough and combined with  "PAR" or "R" lightbulb lighting downwards

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PAR20 and R20

- Various sizes : 20, 30, 38, 40

- LED of Halogen

- Choose warm color (2200K to 3000K, yellow)

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HIGH LUMINOSITY

AND PUBLIC LIGHTING

The Mont-Mégantic International Dark Sky Reserve is a world leader in the use of nocturnal environment-respecting lighting technology.

 

While many cities across the world have converted their lighting to high luminosity white LEDs, resulting in greater repercussions of nocturnal light, the Preserve has fostered the development and installation of amber LEDs, for both street lighting and the high power lighting sometimes necessary for commercial and industrial use.

While more and more low color temperature LED lighting has become available in recent times, most of the market remains in the 3000K to 5000K range. Even at 3000K, the level of power commonly used results in a high amount of light pollution.

 

Luckily, some lighting makers and retailers now offer the option de "Amber", "PC-Amber" and 2200K on various models of lighting apparatus.

 

It also needs to be said that, even if less frequently deployed nowadays, High Pressure Sodium lamps emit between 8% and 10% blue light and remain an acceptable choice.

2200K LED

10% blue light

PC-Amber 1800K LED

1% blue light

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Amber LED

0% blue light

4000K LED

30% blue light

MUNICIPALITIES THAT HAVE STARTED USING AMBER LED FOR PUBLIC LIGHTING
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STREETVIEW

1800K PC-Amber LED

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DOMUS

1800K PC-Amber LED

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PUREFORM AREA

Amber LED

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WALL SCONSE 101

Amber LED

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WALL SCONSE 107

Amber LED

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ROADVIEW

1800K PC-Amber LED

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METROSCAPE

1800K PC-Amber LED

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PUREFORM POST TOP

Amber LED

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WALL SCONSE 102

Amber LED

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ROADSTAR

1800K PC-Amber LED

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URBANSCAPE

1800K PC-Amber LED

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PUREFORM BOLLARD

Amber LED

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WALL SCONSE 104

Amber LED

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ECOFORM

Amber LED

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LYTEPRO

1800K PC-Amber LED

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PUREFORM SCONCE

Amber LED

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WALL SCONSE 106

Amber LED

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ARCHEON SMALL

Amber LED

2200K LED

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GALLEON GAN

Amber LED

2200K LED

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ISC IMPACT ELITE

Amber LED

2200K LED

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ENTRI ENV

2200K LED

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ARCHEON MEDIUM

Amber LED

2200K LED

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GALLEON GPC

Amber LED

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ISW IMPACT ELITE

Amber LED

2200K LED

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ENTRI ENC

2200K LED

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ARCHEON LARGE

Amber LED

2200K LED

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GALLEON GWC

Amber LED

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IST IMPACT ELITE

Amber LED

2200K LED

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ENTRI ENT

2200K LED

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UTLD TRADITIONAL

DEL Ambre

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MSA MESA

Amber LED

2200K LED

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ISS IMPACT ELITE

Amber LED

2200K LED

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BRT6 BOLLARD

2200K LED

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D-SERIES AREA

1800K PC-Amber LED

Amber LED

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D-SERIES BOLLARD

1800K PC-Amber LED

Amber LED

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D-SERIES WALL

1800K PC-Amber LED

Amber LED

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BOLLARD KBA8

1800K PC-Amber LED

Amber LED

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D-SERIES POLE MOUNT

1800K PC-Amber LED

Amber LED

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BOLLARD KBC8

1800K PC-Amber LED

Amber LED

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MODEL S

1900K PC-Amber LED

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WILA

1900K PC-Amber LED

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MODEL SP

1900K PC-Amber LED

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BALDER

1900K PC-Amber LED

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POLESTAR

1900K PC-Amber LED

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LINK

1900K PC-Amber LED

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LUMA

1900K PC-Amber LED

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TITAN

1900K PC-Amber LED

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GUARD

1900K PC-Amber LED

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AUTOBAHN ATB2

2200K LED

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MORINO

1800K PC-Amber LED

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DOMIA

1800K PC-Amber LED

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AUTOBAHN ATB0

2200K LED

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PASEO

1800K PC-Amber LED

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CAMPANA

1800K PC-Amber LED

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AUTOBAHN ATB micro

2200K LED

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LEVANTO

1800K PC-Amber LED

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PARK AVENUE

1800K PC-Amber LED

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BOLLARD CLIO

1800K PC-Amber LED

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NEW ERA

1800K PC-Amber LED

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S125F

2200K LED (60%) +

Amber LED (40%)

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PHOENIX

1800K PC-Amber LED

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S125F0

1800K PC-Amber LED

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VIMONT

1800K PC-Amber LED

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S600

1800K PC-Amber LED

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CYLINDRE

1800K PC-Amber LED

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SAN FRANCISCO

1800K PC-Amber LED

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LED-SL

2200K LED

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LED-SL wing

2200K LED

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WALLPACK GX-WPD

2200K LED

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Lumenblade

Amber LED

PC-Amber LED

2200K LED

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Allegra

Amber LED

PC-Amber LED

2200K LED

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Lumenicon Area

Amber LED

PC-Amber LED

2200K LED

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Steele

Amber LED

PC-Amber LED

2200K LED

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Lumenicon Bollard

Amber LED

PC-Amber LED

2200K LED

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Classica

Amber LED

PC-Amber LED

2200K LED

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Pure

Amber LED

PC-Amber LED

2200K LED

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Prestigia

Amber LED

PC-Amber LED

2200K LED

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LITEPAK LNC

Amber LED

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VIPER SMALL

Amber LED

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LITEPAK LNC2

Amber LED

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VIPER LARGE

Amber LED

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TRAVERSE

Amber LED

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CIMARRON

Amber LED

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CRUZER

Amber LED

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URBAN

Amber LED

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FCBT690A

Amber LED

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FCW1037A

Amber LED

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FCBT450A

Amber LED

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FCC813A / FCC610A

Amber LED

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FCB460A

Amber LED

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CSbG-EcoLights

Amber LED

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CSbG-Luminaire

Amber LED

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LUM100SSL

2200K LED

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LUM100SL

2200K LED

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ROADWAY HIB-SL

LED + Optical filter

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WEDGE WALLPACK

LED + Optical filter

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OUTDOOR DECORATIVE

LED + Optical filter

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BRICK WALLPACK

LED + Optical filter

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RETROFIT

LED + Optical filter

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HALFMOON WALLPACK

LED + Optical filter