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.
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.
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?)
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?
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.
Keep asking the neighbor and power company to put a shade on the light.
Campaign in your community for an ordinance that prohibits light trespass.
Move, if you can. Your property may be worth a lot less now that you have spotlights coming in your windows at night.
Sue the neighbor and the power company.
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?