Chinese environmental activist group Friends of the Earth HK claims Apple’s flagship Causeway store in Hong Kong is a major contributor to light pollution in the surrounding area. Friends of the Earth HK says light from the store’s 500 lamps and spotlights can be seen as far as 700 meters away at night.
Hong Kong is known for its colorful and illuminated skyline, but all these lights may be having a negative effect on residents. A recent study suggests that parts of Hong Kong have light levels that are 1,200 times higher than international standards. This nighttime brightness is affecting the sleep patterns of residents who can’t escape the blinking neon.
A government task force is examining ways to curb light pollution from the businesses in the area. While Apple isn’t being targeted specifically by the government, M.I.C. Gadget says the council has received several complaints about the light emitted from Apple’s retail stores at night.