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The Reality of Light Pollution: A Field Survey for the Determination of Lighting Environmental Management Zones in South Korea

Department of Architectural Engineering, Kyung Hee University, Yongin 446-701, Korea
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Sustainability 2018, 10(2), 374; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10020374
Received: 26 December 2017 / Revised: 27 January 2018 / Accepted: 29 January 2018 / Published: 31 January 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Lighting and Energy Saving)
Light pollution has been receiving increased attention worldwide. Scientific research has provided convincing evidence that ties artificial lighting to health-related issues. Consequently, the involved parties are now leaned towards the implementation of regulations to help limit the use of artificial lighting. Many countries, together with international organizations, have embarked on setting standards and regulations aimed at halting the excessive and improper usage of artificial lighting, there-by eradicating light pollution and its effects. In Korea, outdoor lighting at night is a common phenomenon. Moreover, as the economic development grows even further, the use of artificial lighting is expected to increase making Korea vulnerable to the adverse effects of artificial lighting. In this study, we discuss the issue of light pollution based on field measurements conducted in Seoul, South Korea. The measurements were undertaken to broaden the understanding and assessment of light pollution. During the investigation, we noted that the most severe forms of light pollution were found in developed urban and densely commercialized areas. Currently, there are ongoing light pollution measurement projects around the entire Korea. It would be informative to see how the rest of South Korea compares to the Capital, Seoul in terms of light pollution levels. View Full-Text
Keywords: light pollution; light trespass; glare; lighting zones light pollution; light trespass; glare; lighting zones
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Lim, H.S.; Ngarambe, J.; Kim, J.T.; Kim, G. The Reality of Light Pollution: A Field Survey for the Determination of Lighting Environmental Management Zones in South Korea. Sustainability 2018, 10, 374.

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