While brighter lighting may make us feel safer, poor outdoor lighting can actually reduce our personal safety.
A study conducted by the city of Chicago found a correlation between increased crime and brightly lit alleyways.
A study prepared by the U.S. National Institute of Justice concluded: “We can have very little confidence that improved lighting prevents crime.”
In fact, glare from bright lights creates shadows where criminals can hide. Some crimes like vandalism and graffiti thrive on lighting.
Glare can also be dangerous to pedestrians and drivers. It shines into our eyes, constricting our pupils, which diminishes our ability to adapt to low-light conditions.