Light pollution

Light pollution is excessive, artificial light that is allowed into areas not intended to be lit.

We can take action when light pollution is classed as a nuisance. It is classed as a nuisance when it affects a person’s health or enjoyment of their home.  It includes lights on domestic and commercial premises.

If you’re disturbed by light

Try and talk to the person responsible.  They may not realise they’re causing a problem.  They may be able to re-angle or partially shade the light, fit an infrared sensor or use a lower power bulb.

If you would prefer to send them a letter, you can use this template.

If this doesn’t resolve the problem or you can’t talk to the person responsible, you can report it to us. You will need to:

  • to tell us how the problem has affected you over the last 14 days
  • provide a diary of how often the light has been activated
  • photos of how the light shines on your home

Report a problem with a neighbouring property

How to avoid causing light pollution

If you’re fitting lights, consider:

  • if the lighting is really needed
  • if the light needs to be on all night
  • how much light is needed and keep it to the minimum
  • if there is anything you can do to avoid light pollution, such as changing the angle of the light so it only shines on your property

Security lighting

If you’re installing security lights:

  • make sure lights are adjusted so that they only light the area you intend to and not anyone else’s property
  • make sure the lights only pick up movement on your property
  • for a domestic property a 150w bulb is bright enough
  • angle the light downwards, below 70 degrees

Making these changes will also save you energy and money.