Negative Effects Of Night Lights For Outdoor Trees

Three trees and surrounding plants are lit up at night

Anyone who sleeps in a bedroom that looks out on a nearby streetlight knows the effects of light pollution on humans. Artificial lights that you can’t turn off at night disrupt your normal sleep patterns. Have you ever wondered the effect of streetlights on trees? While streetlights help get people home safely at night, and outdoor tree lighting can look nice in the back yard, strong nighttime lighting can affect a tree’s biological clock, potentially disrupting their familiar day-night cycle. This can throw off natural flower production and entry into dormancy. Outdoor Lighting for Trees Almost everything that human beings do to change their environment impacts both animals and plants, including trees. Much of the impact is negative. When it comes to the effects of light pollution it is well known that this changes bird migration patterns. What does it do to trees, though? Intense outdoor lighting definitely impacts the […]

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