SALEM LAKES — In response to a concern raised by a resident, Salem Lakes officials will explore drafting an ordinance to regulate “light trespassing” in residential areas.
Resident Tim Driscoll said his neighbors are using industrial lighting on the front of their house that shines directly toward his home.
“We moved out into the county to be where there isn’t a lot of lights,” Driscoll said. “You typically don’t put that type of lighting in the front of the house.”
Village president Diann Tesar said village officials have gone to the property at night to see what Driscoll calls “nuisance lighting.”
“I felt kind of helpless for you too,” Tesar said. “There is nothing in our ordinances that regulates (residential lighting).”
Driscoll said he has spoken to his neighbor about the issue.
“I think there is a need for the village to adopt standards about residential and commercial lighting,” Driscoll said. “The village of Bristol has extensive lighting standards. They have like six pages.”
The purpose is threefold:
To provide standards for exterior lighting that do not interfere with reasonable use.
To prevent light pollution and trespassing.
To conserve energy.
“In Bristol they call it light trespassing, which I think is an interesting term,” Driscoll said.
He said he sees this becoming a bigger concern in Salem Lakes as development increases. Putting an ordinance in place proactively could eliminate future issues.
The Bristol code establishes a maximum light trespassing level as measured by footcandles.
It determines when shielding is required and regulates the angle lights shine in, for example.
“We can look at that,” Tesar said.