[HISTORY: Adopted by the Bloomfield Council 10-1-2001 by Ord. No. 01-30 (Ch. 173A of the 1987 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
The purpose and intent of this chapter is to preserve and protect against light pollution and unnecessary sky glow while promoting sound and responsible use of resources, discourage the waste of electricity and improve or maintain nighttime safety, utility and security throughout the residential communities within the Township of Bloomfield.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Includes all residential zones and development, any mixture of residential and commercial establishments, characterized by a few pedestrians at night. This definition includes areas with single-family houses, townhouses and/or small apartment buildings.
All outdoor lighting used for security purposes located in residential areas herein defined shall be activated by motion-sensor devices or turned off during nonoperation hours.
All lighting shall be designed and installed in a manner which shall result in the direct or diffused source of illumination not being visible at any point on the property boundary at a height of three feet or anything greater. This can be accomplished by shielding, placement type and style of fixtures and other means which are technically feasible.
Lighting shall not project off the property. At the property line, illumination from light fixtures shall not exceed 0.5 footcandle in a vertical plane.
All outdoor light fixtures shall be designed, installed and maintained so that there will not be objectionable direct light emissions.
Exterior light gloves, unshielded sources, upward pointed light sources, mercury vapor lights, off-site lighting, laser source lights, searchlights, arc lights, and pulsed or flashing lights shall be prohibited.