Inconsiderate neighbor's lights.
Posted 10 February 2013 - 08:58 AM
Posted 10 February 2013 - 10:07 AM
Posted 10 February 2013 - 11:47 AM
Sec. X·X-5 Shielding and Outdoor Lighting Standards.
(a) All nonexempt outdoor lighting fixtures shall be fully shielded.
(b) All nonexempt outdoor lighting fixtures shall be placed so as to not cause light trespass or glare beyond the property boundary.
© Any lamp installed on a residential property must be shielded such that glare from the lamp is not directly visible from any other residential property.
(d) All nonexempt outdoor lighting fixtures shall be of a type and placed so as not to allow any light above the horizontal, as measured at the luminaire.
(e) Flood or spot lamps must be fully shielded and aimed no higher than 45 degrees above straight down (halfway between straight and horizontal) when the source is visible from any offsite residential property or public roadway.
Here is the complete document:
Wisconsin Model Lighting Ordinance
Check with your local town hall to see if it has a lighting ordinance and if it follows the Model Exterior Lighting Ordinance. You can also print out this document and show it to your neighbor and ask them ... very politely ... if they would conform to this ordinance ... since their lights are directly shining into your home. Personally, I'd also offer to buy a suitable light shield ... just to be neighborly.
Good Luck with your problem
Posted 10 February 2013 - 05:11 PM
Posted 10 February 2013 - 05:51 PM
Uhhh, second thought, maybe not too good of an idea and could cause escalation of the situation. I did seriously consider this with a neighbor though before making a light shield and just living with it until we move late this year.
OK Carol, go ahead and kill me.
Posted 10 February 2013 - 06:06 PM
Best bet is to call and report it to them. Assuming you guys haven't tried going over and talking to them.
Posted 10 February 2013 - 06:09 PM
The suggestion of checking out the light ordinance, and see if it applies there, and take steps from there to come to a solution, is the best way to handle situations such as this; if talks with the neighbor has failed.
Posted 10 February 2013 - 08:33 PM
If the problem is not resolved then call the local TV stations and ask them to publicize the issue.
Posted 11 February 2013 - 05:43 AM
- towards elderly neighbors,
-kids and animals at star parties,
- anything that interfer with our viewing
on multilple threads over the past few months.
some tolerance please-others have rights also
ever if we disagree
Posted 13 February 2013 - 05:19 AM
(3) General Requirements.
(a) All outdoor lighting fixtures installed and thereafter maintained upon private or public
residential, commercial, industrial and other nonresidential property shall comply with
1. The maximum allowable light trespass shall be 0.5 horizontal footcandles four
(4) feet above the ground. The point of measurement of this offending light shall
be at any point at the outer wall of an adjacent building occupied for residential
or public use, or at any point greater than 10 feet from the adjacent lot line. This
measurement shall not include any ambient, natural light.
2. All fixtures greater than 1,000 initial lumens (equivalent to 70 watts
incandescent) shall be full cutoff, or shall be shielded or installed so that there is
not a direct line of sight between the light source or its reflection and a point five
(5) feet or higher above the ground at the property boundary. The light source
shall not be of such intensity so as to cause discomfort or annoyance.
From the pictures, I'm willing to bet that entire setup violates the city ordinances like nobody's business. Unfortunately, they have made it your business, but I think you will have the city codes backing up your complaint, should you decide to make it.