dark sky friendly outdoor lighting
I'm looking at replacing some old outdoor wall- and post-mounted fixtures, and would like to use fixtures that minimize light pollution. Some that I've seen use 13 watt fluorescent bulbs, others use incandescent bulbs, and from the photos, the bulbs mostly appear to be recessed within the upper enclosed portion of the fixture with the light beaming downward through the open, decoratively pierced, or frosted glass area, depending on the fixture style.
Before I plunk down a bunch of cash on several fixtures, has anyone had any experience with these and found that they emit a sufficient amount of light? At least similar in usefulness to my old 60 watt colonial lantern but without the blinding glare?
I'm specifically lighting the back steps, and if I like the fixture, will probably order a couple more for the front of the garage to light the arrival area. There is also a post lamp out front that I don't often use, mostly because the glare the bare bulb throws through the clear glass of the lantern.
I don't want to order fixtures online and find that they only cast a puny amount of light and have to go through the hassle of shipping them back.