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Exterior Lighting Information

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Town of Breckenridge Exterior Lighting Policy

In 2007, the Town adopted an exterior lighting policy, finding that:

A. The welfare and enjoyment of the town is associated with its small town character;
B. Because of the importance of the view of the stars in the night sky to the town’s residents and visitors, it is important that the town adopt responsible lighting standards to preserve that view;
C. Preserving and protecting the night sky enhances the use and enjoyment of the property through the use of appropriate lighting practices;
D. The town values the practice of energy conservation, and because of the town’s devotion to energy conservation, emphasis on responsible lighting practices is desired to decrease the human impact on the environment;
E. Individual pole and building mounted fixtures and lighting systems should be designed, constructed, and installed to: 1) preserve the town’s small town character; 2) minimize impacts on adjacent property owners; 3) control glare and light trespass; 4) conserve energy; 5) maintain safety and security of people and wildlife; and 6) maintain the view of the stars in the night sky.

To view the policy, please see Title 9, Chapter 12 of the Breckenridge Town Code.

The purpose of the lighting zones is to separate areas within the town which have different lighting needs, natural conditions, different levels of appropriate light usage, and different sensitivities to the various obtrusive aspects of outdoor lighting. Because of this, the lighting zones are defined within this chapter with lighting standards appropriate to each zone.

Lighting Zone 1- Downtown Overlay District
Lighting Zone 2- Commercial Area
Lighting Zone 3- Residential

Below are examples for Lighting Zone 3-Residential. Please click here to view the lighting zone map to see which zone you are located within. You may also click here to review the lighting pamphlet for helpful hints and information.

For properties within Lighting Zones 1 or 2, there is more flexibility in what types of fixtures are permitted. Please review the policy and call the Community Development Department with any questions at (970) 453-3160.

For Lighting Zone 3 - Residential

  • Fully Shielded Fixtures;
  • Downcast;
  • Opaque fixtures with no portion of the bulb visible.

TOB Lighting Good 1           TOB Lighting Good 2            TOB Lighting Good 3          TOB Lighting Good 4

               TOB Lighting Good 5          TOB Lighting Good 6          TOB Lighting Good 7

        TOB Lighting Good 8          TOB Lighting Good 9          TOB Lighting Good 10

       TOB Lighting Good 11                   TOB Lighting Good 12                  TOB Lighting Good 13

For Lighting Zone 3-Residential

  • Do not have bulbs visible;
  • Do not have light which shines up into the night sky;
  • Do not have light fixtures which emit back lighting from the fixture.

 TOB Lighting Bad 1    TOB Lighting Bad 2    TOB Lighting Bad 3    TOB Lighting Bad 4

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