Guide on the limitation of the effects of obtrusive light from outdoor lighting installations

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Division 4

The purpose of this Guide is to help formulate guidelines for assessing the environmental impacts of outdoor lighting and to give recommended limits for relevant lighting parameters to contain the obtrusive effects of outdoor lighting within tolerable levels. As the obtrusive effects of outdoor lighting are best controlled initially by appropriate design, the guidance given is primarily applicable to new installations; however, some advice is also provided on remedial measures which may be taken for existing installations.

This Guide refers to the potentially adverse effects of outdoor lighting on both natural and man-made environments for people in most aspects of daily life, from residents, sightseers, transport users to environmentalists and astronomers. (Astronomers also see CIE 126-1997)

The daytime appearance of the lighting installation is important. The size and nature of the lighting support structures may be intrusive by day although this subject is not addressed in this Guide.

The Technical Report is written in English, with a short summary in French and German. It consists of 43 pages with 14 figures and 10 tables.

The following members of TC 5-12 "Obtrusive Light" took part in the preparation of this Technical Report:

  • W. van Bommel, Netherlands
  • D. Crawford, USA
  • J.D. Castro, Spain
  • K. Eberbach, Germany
  • T. Iizuka, Japan (1993-1999)
  • A. Mori, Japan (1999-)
  • N.E. Pollard, Great Britain
  • J. Roberge, Canada
  • R.S. Yates, South Africa
  • A.J. Fisher, Australia (1991-1999)
  • W. Julian, Australia (1985-1991)

The Report was drafted by A. Fisher and N. Pollard.