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Artificial Light

Artificial light is essential in our modern society, to illuminate streets, footpaths, sports grounds and buildings. It is also used to provide security lighting and to enhance the appearance of buildings at night.

Problems can be caused when the lighting is too bright or inappropriately sited, thereby intruding into neighbouring properties. This may interfere with a person’s right to enjoy their own property. The most common example is a security light shining into a bedroom window.

People considering installing lighting should ask a few questions:  

  • Is lighting necessary?  
  • Can safety or security be achieved another way?  
  • Do the lights have to be on all night?  
  • Has the lighting system been designed for the task?

 

Control measures can be built in:  

  • For advice contact the Institution of Lighting Engineers.
  • Adjust the position and location so that the light only illuminates the surface intended (do this at night so that you can test it).
  • Main beam angles should be less than 70o to the vertical.  
  • Direct light downwards wherever possible.

Under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, artificial light may be a Statutory Nuisance if it has an unreasonable effect upon the occupier of another property.

 

If you are affected by the intrusion of artificial light you may wish to approach the occupier of the property, or the manager if it is a business, and explain the issue to them. They may not be aware that their light is causing an issue. If this is not successful, or if you do not feel comfortable approaching the person yourself, the Environmental Health Department can investigate the matter for you. The investigating officer will need to know the source of the light and how it is affecting you.

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