|Image from NASA's The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth|
Budget shortfalls are starting a return to lower levels of illumination in many communities in the U.S. and the U.K. In many places there seems to be great fear associated with this, but there are studies that link more light with more crime - not less. In the U.K. they are finding that the crime rate is indeed going down after streetlights have been removed.
If people can overcome their fear of the dark we can return to more natural levels of nighttime illumination and our nation's taxpayers will save significant amounts of money by not wastefully illuminating the night.