New Hampshire's Outdoor Lighting Efficiency Act (HB 585) — sponsored by a bipartisan group of state legislators and backed by conservation groups, town planners and a leading utility — became law on September 13, 2009.
HB 585 does these four things:
• Requires all new and replacement outdoor lighting (including roadway lighting) installed with state funds to be fully shielded, "dark-sky friendly," and not to exceed minimum lighting levels recommended by the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA.)
• Requires utilities to provide fully shielded dark-sky compliant streetlight fixtures to New Hampshire municipalities as the default option, although local communities can choose other designs if they wish.
• Tells the Public Utilities Commission to set a "midnight service" rate for streetlighting that allows utilities to install timers on non-essential lights selected by municipalities to be turned off at midnight, to reduce energy consumption by half.
• Establishes a statewide policy of protecting New Hampshire dark skies as a cultural asset important to rural character and the tourism industry.
Read more about the bill and its background here.
Here's a list of cities and towns in New Hampshire that have adopted outdoor-lighting regulations:
Brookline (link; see Section 2300)
Chichester (link; see Article III, Section R)
Dover (link; see Outdoor Lighting in Chapter 149-14-E)
Jackson (link; see Section 13 - Lighting)
Lebanon (link; see Section 6.5-F - Exterior Lighting)
Londonderry (link; see Section 3.13)
- New Boston
- New Hampton
(if you know about any others, please let us know!)