Shading streetlights
  • Last updated:
  • 06 Dec 2021

Glare shields are applied to some street lights to reduce light spill affecting residents.

This page explains which streetlights qualify for a glare shield and the costs involved for the resident.

There is a fee for residents to have streetlight shading installed. Glare shields are installed by Energex and council, with the cost passed onto the resident.

The user-pays fee is passed onto the resident requesting the glare shield, as they get the benefit of having reduced light spill.

Background

Streetlights provide lighting for the safety of vehicles on the road. Streetlights can also provide lighting for footpaths.

Some streetlights have light which spills into private residences. This is obtrusive light and can affect bedrooms and living rooms.

Light spill can be reduced by using a glare shield to control the amount of light spillover in the direction of the dwelling. Glare shields can be applied within a light fitting or on the outside of the fitting.

There are two main type of glare shields to control light spill:

  • black adhesive tape applied to a light bowl
  • a plastic fitting inside a light bowl.

Glare shields can be applied to a range of light fittings. Some lights need specialised glare shields which are usually more expensive.

Most streetlights are owned by Energex, so a request for a glare shield is passed from council onto Energex.

Energex does not install glare shields as a general policy. Energex will do so when a resident advises that the light spill significantly affects their residential amenity.

Council acts as the customer contact point for Energex and passes all fees relating to glare shields directly to Energex. Council does not charge for the time required to process a glare shield application.

Criteria for installing a glare shield

To see if a glare shield can be applied to a light fitting two key factors are assessed:

  • is the light across the road from the dwelling?
  • is a pedestrian crossing or street intersection nearby?

Location of the light

A streetlight across the road from a dwelling is rarely approved for a glare shield. This is because the light would need a forward-facing shield, which can block the light on the road and pathway.

Streetlights on the same side of the road as the affected dwelling are usually approved. It is possible to apply a rearward facing shield without affecting road lighting.

Lights at pedestrian crossings and street intersections are very important for safety. As a result, glare shields are rarely approved in these situations, unless rearwards-facing shields can be applied.

Shield identification and fee schedule

Different lights need different types of glare shields.

Before requesting a glare shield, please:

  • check which type of light is affecting your property and the cost for a glare shield. The cost is paid by the resident and forwarded to Energex.
  • use the questions below to self-assess the light affecting your house.

Note: this does not guarantee that a glare shield can be applied to your street light.

  Luminaire type  Shield type Cost 2021/2022
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Flowerpot Internal baffle shield (durable device inserted to control light spill) $187 

Nostalgia style streetlight shade[1421KB]
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Flowerpot - Nostalgia style (may also be dark green heritage colour)  Internal baffle shield  $187 
 Flatscreen style streetlight shade
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Drop bowl/dish (semi-cutoff)  Adhesive shield (black adhesive tape applied internally)  $231 
LED style streetlight shade
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LED (will vary in appearance)  May need a customised shield (luminaire specific) 

POA - Quote provided before customer proceeds

Aeroscreen style streetlight shade
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Flat surface - Aeroscreen  Customised shield required (luminaire/location specific)  >$1,500 - Quote provided before customer proceeds 
Replacement of an existing streetlight with aeroscreen low glare luminaire  Less glare for affected residence  $627

Yes - unlikely to be approved.

No - may be approved.

Yes - unlikely to be approved.

No, on my side - may be approved.

If the light is across the street it may be approved if it is in a cul de sac, low traffic road or affecting the upper floors of an apartment block.

Yes - obtain body corporate approval in advance i.e. a letter of no objection.

No - does not affect approval.

Choose from the table of light fittings above.

If you apply, please attach a daytime photo showing the type of light fitting and a photo showing how it is positioned in relation to your dwelling.

Yes - proceed to apply.

No - do not proceed.

This helps council officers know exactly which light is causing the problem.

If you apply, please include the pole number if possible, usually from the side of the pole.

If you meet the self assessable criteria and choose to proceed with your request, please email council and include photos.

Note: this self-assessment does not automatically indicate a glare shield will be approved.

If your request is approved, council will send you a form to confirm the suitability of the glare shield on the light, along with a form to arrange payment.

This information is also available as a fact sheet[302KB].