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to ask my neighbour to turn off their outdoor lights?

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BuiltForComfort Thu 10-Jan-13 12:09:04

The back of my house faces the side of my neighbour's. They have a bright outdoor light that is on permanently, 24 hours a day. Not a motion-activated security light. If it weren't for the black-out blinds in ds's room he would never sleep as the light is so bright. It really annoys me because it is intrusive, unnecessary (safe area, difficult to access backs of houses and if you want a security light, get one that is motion activated!) and a waste of energy. I also don't think it's great for plants and wildlife as my back garden is never dark.

BUT - neighbour is a bit odd, I took ds round to ask for a ball back once and she was really off and seems to think I was impertinent even asking. she said she'd thrown the ball back (she hadn't). I don't think she'd think I was reasonable asking, AIBU?

HeadfirstForHalos Fri 11-Jan-13 13:19:13

They will just have to get the LL involved then! Sorting it should be their problem, not yours smile

DoodlesNoodles Fri 11-Jan-13 00:11:21

Maybe, it's time to get your DS a late Christmas present grin

TurquoiseCat Thu 10-Jan-13 23:54:50

Nothing helpful to add, but it did make methinks of this

HappyNewHissy Thu 10-Jan-13 23:46:26

You could report it to the landlord? Get CAB advice.

BuiltForComfort Thu 10-Jan-13 23:40:40

Oh and they can't reposition the light, it's like a bulkhead design fully fixed in place. They rent so won't be up for or able to changing it without getting landlord involved.

BuiltForComfort Thu 10-Jan-13 23:38:44

God I hope that poster isn't my neighbour! All the more reason not to pop over for a frustrating and circular discussion friendly chat about it on the doorstep. Given that asking for a ball back became difficult LightsGate could really escalate things...

FeltOverlooked Thu 10-Jan-13 22:19:49

Our neighbours had one and I used to set it off whenever I did the dishes in our kitchen! They turned it off, though we never asked. Maybe it annoyed them, we just found it quite funny.

FryOneFatManic Thu 10-Jan-13 22:18:01

Even black out blinds aren't good enough for me, I'm so grateful our street lights get switched off at night.

Hmmm, my Moo-dar needs to be properly set......grin

JugsMcGee Thu 10-Jan-13 22:16:22

The back of my house faces the back of another that has a UFO-brightness security light that goes on regularly throughout the night. I've put a blackout blind in DS' bedroom but now he won't sleep elsewhere if the room isn't pitch black. So annoying.

WifeofPie Thu 10-Jan-13 22:13:15

smile I miss all the good stuff.

HoneyDragon Thu 10-Jan-13 22:08:59

I have said this before on another thread that got deleted we changed our outside light when it broke.

About 6 wheels later our neighbour at the back asked if it was possible for us to move it. It was shining directly into their bedroom window.

We moved it immediately and asked why they hadn't mentioned it before to us, as we felt awful.

They'd spent 6 weeks wondering whether it was something you could mention or simply modern times and they hold put up with it sad

EugenesAxe Thu 10-Jan-13 22:05:24

They are a nightmare aren't they? I have a love/hate relationship with my neighbour's ones.... two blaring out of the back of her house and I think one out the front.

1) They provide very necessary light for walking down our road at night, which the council don't oblige us with.

2) They spoil an otherwise very nice view of the night sky, on a clear night. And I haven't just got on the Stargazing Live bandwagon! My best mate and I used to go to country pubs and then lie on their garden benches and stare at Hale Bopp, when we were youthful.

Salmotrutta Thu 10-Jan-13 22:02:39

Security lighting was one of her finest works on a very entertaining thread.

She was BU but never admitted it.

WifeofPie Thu 10-Jan-13 21:58:52

SIOB! shock

What do lights have to do with Mi... that poster?

Salmotrutta Thu 10-Jan-13 21:57:32

And a security light ...

WifeofPie Thu 10-Jan-13 21:56:41

It's light pollution. Ask her nicely and if she doesn't cooperate, take it to the next level.

VivaLeBeaver Thu 10-Jan-13 21:55:11

There'll be a klaxon going off in mn towers.

Salmotrutta Thu 10-Jan-13 21:53:15


<hides from MNHQ>

VivaLeBeaver Thu 10-Jan-13 21:52:24


Salmotrutta Thu 10-Jan-13 21:50:06

Does your neighbour's name end in the sound a cow makes?

<innocent whistle>


HeadfirstForHalos Thu 10-Jan-13 21:49:31

Just mention that the light is shining into your house and garden and ask if they could reposition it so it is only on their property. Asking to reposition it may be more effective than asking them to turn it off, they obviously have it for a reason.

FryOneFatManic Thu 10-Jan-13 21:44:43

You could check with your local council. I think security lighting can come under nuisance rules.

portraitoftheartist Thu 10-Jan-13 20:36:45

Why should op go to the expense of blackout blinds? Go and tell her politely that her very bright light is keeping you all awake.

digerd Thu 10-Jan-13 17:13:53

When I moved in to my new house, there was already a security light on the back wall, which came on if something stepped on the ground in a certain place. It did go off after 10 minutes or so, which was annoying for me when I was doing gardening in the dark in the summer at the back of the garden on a warm night. So had a permanent light installed, but that didn't last long.
Then my security light kept coming on and not going off at night, and as my neighbour's bedroom is next to the light - 2m away- before she complained, I turned it off permanently, just to be considerate, and to not waste my electricity too.
Nocturnal wild-life would be affected by a strong lighting, I believe, if left on all night and possibly the flora too.

AlwaysHoldingOnToStarbug Thu 10-Jan-13 16:50:13

Our neighbours had one and cats/foxes etc used to set it off, which was annoying enough, but then the damn thing broke. It started flashing on and off constantly, and it was directed at our bedroom window. It was so bad it used to wake us up, flashing lights outside the window. I was just about to ask the neighbours to sort it out when the bulb must have blown as it stopped, and they haven't bothered replacing the bulb thank goodness!

Our gardens are secure too, no rear access unless you want to clamber over a load of fences to get to the middle houses, so i'm not sure why they thought a security light was necessary.

I don't YABU to ask her to turn it off, whether she will is another matter, it doesn't sound like she is too neighbourly. Or maybe you caught her at a bad time when you asked for the ball back.

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