Light Trespass & How Do You Deal with It

As a business, it can be difficult to work when light is creeping in from other buildings. This is called light trespass. It can make your working conditions uncomfortable and can make you and your employees frustrated. Here, we’ll explain what light trespass is and how you can solve it. 

What Is a Light Trespass?

A light trespass is a form of light pollution when artificial light seeps into neighbouring properties and causes problems for those who live or work nearby. It can come from both residential and commercial properties and may cause conflict between neighbouring buildings. An example is bright outside lights shining into the offices or living spaces of nearby buildings which can affect work.

Artificial light that could cause light trespasses to include:

  • Floodlights
  • Security lights
  • Decorative lighting
  • Neon lighting 
  • Outdoor sensor lights 

As a business, light trespass can drastically affect your work by casting bright light on screens or directly into employees’ eyes. It’s therefore important to resolve the issue to create a more positive work environment. 

How to Deal with Light Trespass in Office Suites

If you experience light trespass in your offices, it can be frustrating and cause a lot of agonies whilst trying to complete tasks. However, there are ways to resolve this. 

Speak to The Light Owner

Speaking to the homeowner or building manager of where the issue comes from is a good first step. They may not know their light is causing a nuisance and may take action to resolve it. It’s often a straightforward option to come up with a solution that benefits both parties involved.

When speaking to the light owner, it’s important you make friends and not enemies. Stay positive and open the conversation to try and come to some sort of mutual agreement. 

Anti-Glare Solutions

Installing anti-glare and diffusion solutions is another option that can resolve the light trespass you’re facing. These solutions can redirect light away from your office suites by using special materials that re-reflect heat, light and glare.

These materials solve the problem of unwanted light trespass as well as: 

  • Conceal the light source from certain angles where the trespass is a problem
  • Direct the light in other directions to reduce the impact on your home
  • Hide the light source whilst maintaining glare control for high-powered lights

Speak to The Council

Local authorities can serve notices upon residents and those from commercial properties who are causing light trespass to other buildings. If they fail to remedy the situation, they could be left with a fine. 

How to Reduce Light Trespass from Your Building

If you find you are causing light trespass, there are steps you can take to solve this whilst still having lighting outside. 

Change The Direction 

A simple solution includes changing the angle of your lights so that it doesn’t affect any nearby properties. This means you still get the benefits of your security lights without causing disturbances for nearby buildings.

Solar Lighting

Investing in high-quality solar lights is a good idea for reducing light trespass. Many solar lights come with sensors so that the lighting only comes on when needed. It’s an energy-saving solution that will also reduce the impact of light trespass. 


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Time Business News Editor Team