Promoting friendly outdoor lighting fixture against light pollution (2018-19)
|Project title||Promoting friendly outdoor lighting fixture against light pollution|
|Approved budget (HKD)||85,000|
This project aims to (1) promote good lighting practice by organizing a STEM competition (along with associated public seminar and public exhibition) on designing outdoor lighting fixtures which help improving energy efficiency while reducing possible adverse effects of light pollution, (2) co-produce a bilingual education booklet on light pollution with the International Astronomical Union; (3) continue our successful international knowledge exchange effort through the Globe at Night – Sky Brightness Monitoring Network (GaN-MN) project which adopts the HKU-developed standardized method of quantifying the extent of light pollution.
- To promote good practices of lighting in Hong Kong which maximize energy efficiency and minimize light pollution.
- To engage the local community on the adverse impacts of light pollution.
- To enrich STEM skills of secondary school students.
- To educate local people on the importance of light pollution reduction.
- To promote the light pollution measurement technique developed by HKU and the results from the ongoing HKU’s international light pollution study to the public.
External Partner Organization
Non-academic Sector(s) benefitted
Hong Kong general public, Hong Kong local astronomy community, international light pollution research community
- Organized public seminar “Let there be light – benefits AND harm” cum briefing of “Dark-sky-friendly Lighting Fixture STEM Competition” on 8 December 2018.
- Organized teacher workshop “STEM Astronomy Workshop for Secondary School Teachers” on 14 January 2019
- Organized the competition “Dark-sky-friendly Lighting Fixture STEM Competition”.
- Organized the competition presentation and award ceremony on 14 April 2019.
- Organized public exhibition “Display of Winning Works of the Dark-sky- friendly Lighting Fixture STEM Competition” on 19-22 April 2019 during the STEM × SCM of HK SciFest.
- Invited speaker, “Light Pollution and Outdoor Lighting Design” on 6 November 2018, Continuing Professional Development Event of the Hong Kong Green Building Council.
- Invited speaker, “Effect of light pollution on astronomical observation and the latest development of astronomical observation” on 21 February 2019, Enriching Knowledge Series - Seminar on Astronomy and Space Science of Science Education Section of Education Bureau.
- Invited speaker, “The prospect of astronomical observations under light pollution” on 7 May 2019, the “Curator Talk” series of Museum Volunteer Scheme of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.
- Invited speaker, “Light Pollution in Hong Kong”on 28 May 2019, Lighting Professional Short Courses of CIE (Hong Kong) Limited.
- Invited speaker, “Too bright to observe? The prospect of astronomical observations under light pollution” on 20 October 2018, Hong Kong Space Museum.
- Invited speaker, “Too Bright to Observe? Measuring and Combating Light Pollution to Preserve Dark Skies” on 19 June 2019, the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
- Co-produced a bilingual booklet “Light Pollution ” with IAU-OAO which serves to both educate the public on the issue and to highlight light pollution research conducted by HKU.
- Created bilingual educational infographics on meteor showers and dark sky preservation.
- HKU’s research on light pollution was featured in a 2-page spread in the April 2019 issue of “STEM 少年偵探團” magazine (targeting junior and senior primary school students).
- Contributed to dark sky preservation in Taiwan by expanding the PI’s Globe at Night - Sky Brightness Monitoring Network to include the Mt Hehuanshan area which is being considered to be an International Dark-Sky Association’s international dark sky park.