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Light and Glare Pollution

Light emissions can come from many sources including security lights, spot lights and flood lights, advertising signs and entertainment events.  Sometimes light can affect neighbours and interfere with their normal activities.  If severe enough, it can impact on people's health.

Reducing light emissions

  • Turn off lights when not in use or not needed - consider using sensor switches.
  • Locate lights as far as possible from neighbours and away from sensitive areas, like bedroom windows.
  • Avoid placing the light near a reflective surface and use existing features to hide the light source from view.
  • Direct light downwards to illuminate the target area - if there is no alternative to up-lighting, try shields and baffles to help keep spill light to a minimum.
  • Use equipment that can minimise light spread near, or above, the horizontal.
  • Fit only the number of light bulbs you need for an area - over lighting can cause light pollution and waste energy.
  • Keep glare to a minimum - ensure the main light beam is kept below 70 degrees from horizontal.


Should you wish to lodge a complaint regarding light or glare emission infringements visit Council's Complaints webpage and follow Council's complaints process.

More information

Light Pollution Factsheet