Consider a lighting plan for shared open spaces that provides light from a variety of sources. Match lighting intensity and quality to the use for which it is intended; i.e. the lighting required for a pedestrian path is substantially different from that required to illuminate a parking garage. Avoid lighting which shines directly into dwelling units or is overly intense and bright. Consider light fixtures which minimize overall light "pollution;" i.e. fixtures with shields which prevent lighting the nighttime sky. Consider energy efficient lighting whenever possible.
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Medium-height light standards in this California courtyard are placed so that they light the space evenly without causing glare. Note that the design of standards is subtle and unobtrusive and purposely blends in with the white trim on the buildings.
Site lighting can be mounted directly on the buildings, as in this Tacoma, Washington development.
"Carriage style" light standards echo the traditional forms of the architecture in this Stamford, Connecticut development. Note that the tops of the standards are covered so the light shines down and not up into the nighttime sky.
The curved arm on this street lamp softens its visual impact and resonates with the curved driveway.