Outdoor Lighting Ordinance
In 2003, the City Council approved a new outdoor lighting ordinance. The objectives of the ordinance are to prevent light trespass, reduce light pollution (also known as “sky glow”), reduce excessive glare, promote energy conservation, and improve safety and security (including addressing the special nighttime lighting needs of an aging population).
The objectives of the new ordinance are accomplished by:
How does this affect my property?
Check Your Outdoor Lightbulbs
Noncompliant fixtures are those that do not shield glare from adjacent streets or properties. To bring a light into compliance, owners need to, at a minimum, replace visible bulbs with one not exceeding 900 lumens (equivalent to a 60 watt incandescent bulb or 15 watt compact fluorescent bulb). Spot lights and flood lights must be re-aimed so that they dont shine across property lines. The lumen rating is commonly shown on the bulb packaging in conjunction with the wattage rating.
Some acceptable fixture examples are shown below:
The glass is frosted which diffuses the light, obscures the lightbulb and reduces glare. The other two light fixtures are full cut-off fixtures that no light projects above horizontal thus reducing light pollution. It qualifies as a fully shielded fixture. If mounted at appropriate heights, the bulb is not visible from adjacent streets and properties.
This is not an acceptable light fixture. Existing fixtures will have to be replaced by Aug. 15, 2018.
Questions about the ordinance can be directed to the P&DS Service Center at 303-441-1880.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 January 2013 13:11