Outdoor Lighting Regulations

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The Cottonwood Heights City Council has requested the preparation of outdoor lighting regulations. (Bolded wording below contains links to additional information on the topic). 

Adequate nighttime lighting is important to allow human activity to safely continue after the sun goes down, but inappropriate lighting practices can result in:
•     light pollution 
•     light trespass 
•     glare 
•     poor lighting color increasing glare and affecting human health 
•     poor energy conservation 
•     impact on wildlife and natural ecosystems, and
•     creating skyglow.

These issues can reduce full enjoyment of private property rights, impair human health and safety, waste energy, and create a poor nighttime ambiance. This ordinance provides regulations that seek to mitigate the above noted issues. 

View the current draft ordinance here: Draft Ordinance - June 13, 2019

How to Find Appropriate Lighting Fixtures and Light Sources
Here are resources to help you select light fixtures that address light pollution issues:
Outdoor Lighting Basics
International Dark Sky Association Fixture Seal of Approval Program (some available at Home Depot).
Select Light Sources that Produce 3000 Kelvins or Less
What is a Kelvin?
Do It Yourself Good Lighting Practices
Tips for Working With Your Neighbor's Poor Lighting

Other Resources
Guidance & Best Practices - Dark Sky Planning: An Introduction for Local Leaders by the Utah Department of Housing & Community Development Office

The International Dark Sky Association provides much information on issues surrounding light pollution.

Guidance on appropriate light fixtures to be installed is also provided by the International Dark Sky Association.