Borough of Collingswood, NJ
Camden County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Borough of Collingswood 10-7-2019 by Ord. No. 1668. Amendments noted where applicable.]
All outdoor light fixtures installed and thereafter maintained, other than those serving one- and two-family dwellings, shall comply with the following requirements:
Where used for security purposes or to illuminate walkways, roadways and parking lots, only shielded light fixtures shall be used.
Where used for commercial and industrial purposes, such as in merchandise display areas, work areas, platforms, signs, architectural, landscape or sports or recreational facilities, all light fixtures shall be equipped with automatic timing devices and comply with the following:
Light fixtures used to illuminate flags, statues or any other objects mounted on a pole, pedestal or platform shall use a narrow cone beam of light that will not extend beyond the illuminated object.
Other upward-directed architectural, landscape or decorative direct light emissions shall have at least 90% of their total distribution pattern within the profile of the illuminated structure.
Recreational and sports facility lighting shall be shielded whenever possible. Such lighting shall have directional and glare control devices, when necessary, to comply with § 195-2.
Externally illuminated signs, including commercial billboard, building identification or other similar illuminated signs, shall comply with the following:
Top-mounted light fixtures shall be shielded and are preferred.
When top-mounted light fixtures are not feasible, illumination from other positioned light fixtures shall be restricted to the sign area. Visors or other directional control devices shall be used to keep spill light to an absolute minimum.
All other outdoor lighting shall use shielded light fixtures.
All floodlight-type fixtures, once properly installed, shall be permanently affixed in the approved position.
Foundations supporting lighting poles not installed four feet behind the curb shall not be less than 24 inches above ground.
When 50% or more of existing outdoor light fixtures are being replaced or modified, then all lighting must be made to conform with the requirements of this section.
All light fixtures, except street lighting and those used on one- or two-family dwellings, shall be designed, installed and maintained to prevent light trespass, as specified in Subsections A and B below.
At a height of five feet above the property line of the subject property, illuminations from light fixtures shall not exceed 0.1 footcandle in a vertical plane on residentially zoned property.
Outdoor light fixtures installed and thereafter maintained shall be directed so that there will not be any objectionable direct glare source visible above a height of five feet from any property or public roadway.
Illuminance and luminance requirements shall be as set forth in the current editions of the Lighting Handbook of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America ("IESNA") and other IESNA publications. This chapter adopts those standards.
Streetlighting. Average IESNA illuminance recommendations should not be exceeded. IESNA average-to-minimum illuminance uniformity ratios are to be used as a guide for designing safe and adequate roadway lighting.
Outdoor parking facilities. Outdoor parking lot illuminance shall be based on certain illuminance specifications recommended by the IESNA, as contained in Schedule A.[1]
Editor's Note: Schedule A is included as an attachment to this chapter.
All other illuminance uses shall not exceed IESNA recommendations.
Internally illuminated signs shall not exceed IESNA luminance recommendations.
No electric utility floodlight intended for property illumination shall be located within the public right-of-way on any public roadway or on any property unless:
The luminaire is sufficiently shielded and aimed so that no objectionable direct glare source is visible at any point on the roadway where the viewing height is five feet or greater and when the distance from the mounting pole is 70 feet or greater.
The property being illuminated does not exceed the maximum maintained illuminance levels to perform the lighting task prescribed in § 195-3, Illuminance and luminance requirements, of this chapter.
All electric utility floodlights shall be subject to the requirements in § 195-2, Light trespass (nuisance light).