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Why Putting Additional Lighting In Your Garden May Be A Big Mistake
Outdoor lights can affect plants and insects in the yard. Winged insects lured to them risk dying, and moths may mistake them for the moon, which they use as a means of navigation.
They can impact daytime bird's sleep and owls' nightly hunts. Additionally, homeowners run the risk of insects invading their homes as they're attracted to the light.
Besides sunlight, plants also absorb artificial light to turn it into energy and nutrients. So, night lights force plants to stay active during their nightly resting period.
It further leads to issues like phototropism — plants unevenly growing toward the light source — and mutations that change the size and shape of fruits and the color of leaves.