Tijarafe: Lightpollution by a public school

The purpose of this installation is a mystery to me, but it’s bright, white, and creates significant lightpollution over the small village of Tijarafe on La Palma’s western coast. Oddly enough, it’s mounted on a window of a public education center (CEO Tijarafe). This is what it looks like at night:

LED light installation at CEO Tijarafe education center on La Palma. Image taken January 15, 2019 at 22:38 local time (ISO 1600, f/4, 4 s)
LED light installation at CEO Tijarafe education center on La Palma. Image taken January 15, 2019 at 22:38 local time (ISO 1600, f/4, 4 s)

Hard to see in this image, the installation consists of a pattern of bars and crosses (discernible in the lens reflection) which turn on and off every couple of seconds. It may be a leftover Christmas decoration, but I didn’t notice it before January 14, when it was active even after midnight. The images above and below were taken around 22:40 local time on January 15.

From a distance of 2,5km, the lights are easily visible:

The installation seen from Arecida, at 2.5km distance.

The white LEDs contrast with the light-pollution friendly amber colored streetlights. They cause glare and noticable skyglow over Tijarafe.

One thought on “Tijarafe: Lightpollution by a public school

  1. Matej Sedlak January 17, 2019 / 1:47 pm

    Artificial sun and an insect deathtrap. This is just not good, especially at night time, somebody needs to tell them to throw this luminaire into trash.

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