Chaddy goes green on Earth Hour, but still wastes power, causes light pollution
Wed, 24 Mar 2010 01:00 pm By
Chadstone Shopping Centre have announced they will be participating on Earth Day on the 27th March 2010. It is a welcome gesture by an organisation who uses massive amounts of electricity. The Centre claims they will be turning off unnecessary lighting from 8.30pm – 9.30pm.
On the other hand, Chadstone Shopping Centre is highly wasteful of electricity, especially at night. There are numerous high intensity lights for illuminating signs and banners. A great proportion of these lights are badly aimed, causing light pollution towards the sky. A number of custom sidewalk lamps also cause light pollution. These lights work by shining a lamp upwards to illuminate a curved rectangular white plastic panel, that redirects the light downwards. However, the panel is not wide enough to catch all of the light from the lamp, and the remaining light is directed skywards.
One of the main culprits who waste the most power are Australia Post. The shop, located in Chadstone Place, runs at full lighting throughout the night.