Light Nuisance

Environmental Health deals with complaints about nuisance caused by excessively bright lights

Some suggestions to avoid causing a problem with outside lights are:

  • Think about the position of the light. Is it shining directly at a neighbour’s bedroom window?
  • Use a low watt, low energy bulb. Some security floodlights are 500w whereas 150w is adequate for most situations, this will also help reduce your running costs
  • Reduce the amount of time a light is on by fitting a timer, and if a sensor is fitted think about the area covered by the sensor so that it does not cause the light to come on more often than is needed.
  • Use a shield or hood so that the light is directed to the area it is intended for.
  • Does the area need a light? sometimes lights can create shadows for criminals to work in. If you want more information about this, please read our leaflet ‘security lighting friend or foe’ in the related content
  • If you want more advice about light nuisance please read our ‘Light’ leaflet which you can view or download from the related content. This explains the law and gives advice about some of the things that we may consider to be a nuisance.

What you should do if you are having problems with a light

In most circumstances the problem can easily be resolved by politely telling the person about it, if they do not know it is a problem, they cannot deal with it. If the problem doesn’t resolve, you can register your complaint with us.

You can do this by completing our on-line form ‘make a complaint about a light’ using this form.

If you need more advice you can us by using this form contact customer services

Do I have to wait for the council to investigate my complaint?

No - You can take your own private legal action. Taking your own legal action may be quicker than our investigation, but you may have to pay legal costs. Advice about taking your own action is provided in our booklet called ‘Statutory nuisance –taking your own private action’ which can be downloaded from Related Content.