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Lights as weapons

[A letter-writer] wrote on Sept. 9 that rural security lights prevent theft. This theory is not supported by the research. (See Darksky.org)

Individuals who use lights at night for personal security and public safety are well-founded. As long as your light does not trespass on your neighbors home and invade their right to privacy and darkness, your light is justified. Using a motion-sensor light or having your light shaded or focused only on your property is a fair practice.

Our neighbors, however, have purposefully and strategically shone their “mercury vapor” light onto our property for almost a year now. They even cut trees down to make sure the light affected us directly. Numerous letters and verbal requests to them addressing this issue have fallen on deaf ears. So far neither the legal system nor the county have been able to assist us either.



Light ordinances in rural residential areas have to be developed for individuals who use lights as weapons to harass their neighbors.

Jillian Powers




Nevada City


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