Results for - Light Trespass

2,068 voters participated in this survey

The local power company is promoting Outdoor Lighting for residential customers in order to make more money. They are promoting the biggest most expensive light fixtures to buy and maintain and they are taking little thought in how this impacts the neighboring properties. Our neighbors (who are working on their trailer about once every two weeks, but do not actually live there) installed the brightest commercial parking lot light on their property this week. It was sold to them by the local power company. (The power company confirmed it was a commercial grade light.) So now the light illuminates more of our property than it does theirs, This light shines directly into our windows about 12 hours a day and everyone's opinion is that we should just live with it.

1. Have you ever had to suffer from light trespass? Light Trespass is when spill light is cast where it is not wanted. An example: Your neighbor installs a spotlight that spills directly into your bedroom window making it feel like daytime 24 hours a day.

Yes
24%
500 votes
No
58%
1,196 votes
Undecided
7%
136 votes
Not Applicable
11%
236 votes

2. Did you know that spill light can be well controlled by adding an inexpensive shade to an outdoor security light so that light is directed on the ground on the property with the light? This gives the property owner light without disturbing neighbors.

Yes
22%
453 votes
No
52%
1,080 votes
Undecided
8%
166 votes
Not Applicable
18%
369 votes

3. Do you think a utility company that sells and promotes outdoor lighting to residential customers should evaluate the property and sell appropriate lighting? (Should avoid selling expensive, intrusive, energy-wasting commercial lighting with no shading to residential customers?)

Yes
51%
1,062 votes
No
14%
291 votes
Undecided
18%
371 votes
Not Applicable
17%
344 votes

4. Do you think it is unreasonable for a neighbor disturbed by spill light to request a shade be put on the commercial light fixture, especially if the neighbor is willing to pay for the shade?

Yes
16%
335 votes
No
54%
1,122 votes
Undecided
13%
262 votes
Not Applicable
17%
349 votes

5. What do you think is a good solution to the problem if the utility company and customer say just live with the situation and we don't care that your house is being flooded with light 24/7?

Just live with it. Your neighbor has a right to light up everyone's yard if it makes him/her feel safer.
12%
245 votes
Keep asking the neighbor and power company to put a shade on the light.
35%
732 votes
Campaign in your community for an ordinance that prohibits light trespass.
25%
514 votes
Move, if you can. Your property may be worth a lot less now that you have spotlights coming in your windows at night.
6%
117 votes
Sue the neighbor.
4%
90 votes
Sue the power company.
4%
87 votes
Sue the neighbor and the power company.
9%
184 votes
Other (please specify)
4%
82 votes
Not Applicable
28%
586 votes

6. Do you agree that you and your neighbor have a right to "peaceful enjoyment of property" and that both should work to promote that?

Yes
69%
1,422 votes
No
7%
138 votes
Undecided
7%
145 votes
Not Applicable
18%
363 votes
02/17/2016 Living 2068 43 By: gaylegarden16

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