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Avoiding Light Nuisance

Light nuisance usually occurs in relation to domestic or commercial security lighting and simple actions taken such as changing the direction of the light, altering the location and sensitivity of detectors and through using timers can help prevent light spilling into neighbouring properties, and therefore a nuisance occurring.

If you are considering installing a type of artificial lighting we would advise consulting your neighbours first outlining you intentions, and providing an opportunity to air any concerns your neighbour may have. On completion of the installation, check with your neighbour that the positioning of your lights are ok and not causing a problem.

  • Do not fit unnecessary lights
  • Do not use excessively bright lights.
  • Do not leave lights on when they are not needed, consider controlling lights with passive infra-red detectors, ensuring that they are correctly aligned (downwards not upwards) and installed.
  • For a porch light that is going to be left on all night, a low wattage compact fluorescent lamp is normally adequate.
  • To keep glare at a minimum, ensure that the main beam angle of lights is kept below 70°. The higher you fix the light from the ground, the lower the angle you will need to cover the area you wish to light.