Don't be fooled by The Home Depot Buyer's Guide for lighting fixtures. 
The illustrations in "Create Your Outdoor Lighting Plan" are extremely misleading!  

home_depot1b.jpg (41888 bytes)Five of their six recommendations encourage you to buy offensive lighting.  In fact, the sixth recommendation (to install  "neighbor-friendly fixtures") is available for every one of the other five applications shown.  The lighting plan merely perpetuates the unnecessary use of obtrusive light fixtures.  

home_depot2b.jpg (49055 bytes)The illustrations  in the Buyer's Guide suggest the area illuminated by the lights is well-defined and contained.  In fact, the two examples shown are among the worst offenders for widespread, indiscriminate broadcasting of light.

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