In many areas, all of the outdoor lighting challenges are intertwined with the local economy. Businesses may count on visitors who come to the area for activities and events dependent on the natural environment and the attractiveness of the area. Both of those issues can be addressed with low-level, warm colored outdoor lighting that is shielded so that the source of the light is not visible from any other property. Light clutter is not attractive but having an area comfortably illuminated is a must to attract locals and visitors to an area after dark.
Just the reduction in energy expenses alone make using better outdoor lighting a good business decision. Reducing glare makes a business look more inviting and makes it feel safe there. Helping to keep the human and wildlife population healthy is good for individuals and the community. Putting artificial light where you need it, when a person is there to use it is a win-win for a community and it’s economic base.